Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Night Before Christmas

(Photo by Corliss Sinclair)

It was a night like any other night. The sheep had been fed and watered and were settling down. Occasionally a young one would bleat, briefly disturbing the quiet. The shepherds sat by the fire talking softly about this and that, nothing in particular. Just an ordinary conversation about ordinary things. Then, suddenly, the night sky was lit up like day and was filled with beings of such terrible beauty and brightness that the shepherds were terrified. Then the being spoke: “...Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger”. (Luke 2:10-12, KJV). And the sky was filled with even more angels, all singing praises to God. When the light faded and the angels disappeared, the shepherds were no longer afraid. Instead they were filled with great joy about the good news and went to find the baby of whom the angel spoke. As they walked toward Bethlehem, they spoke excitedly among themselves about what they had seen. It was a night like no other night. It was the night before Christmas.

By Hazel King
© 2008

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