Dec 23 – Shepherds

Rough and Simple

They were stargazers too

and wise in their way,

familiar with the night skies,

comforted by constellations drifting

lazy over sleeping sheep.


They were expecting

(if they expected anything),

predators: wolves, lions,

wild dogs.  In short, demons,

not angels, not singing

not proclamation or instructions

not their rough and simple selves

sent to welcome baby king!

© 2017 – Laurel Archer

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Note: This Advent series is using The Jesse Tree, a liturgical ‘tool’ to help guide and direct spiritual reflection.  Each day leading up to Advent, we  consider one Bible story, or character, beginning from creation, following chronologically (more or less) right up until the birth of Jesus. It’s a way to review the wide sweep of God’s pursuit of humankind across history.

One thought on “Dec 23 – Shepherds

  1. I learned this year that shepherds meant poor , possibly disabled, dirty , even considered untouchables. Yes , even these are welcome into God’s kingdom. All are welcome !

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