The Shepherds

We are shepherds, undeservedly blessed,
visited by an angel,
our hearts beat as though
they would burst from our chests.

He said, “Don’t be afraid.”

We are rough and durable protectors
for our flocks of sheep,
who give sacrifice and sustenance,
working days without end.

We are duty-bound wanderers,
startled in the night,
amazed and frightened
by a terrible light

but the angel said,
“Don’t be afraid.”

We are shepherds
who have protected and defended
our flocks from every danger
so they’ll sustain and redeem men
before God.

A being brighter than the sun said,
“Don’t be afraid?

Unbearable joy! The angel shared great news,
and the light went from shining before us
to shining through and for us,
showing us the way to the baby
born the lamb of God in Bethlehem.

Now we have seen the Son of God, born of Mary,
a miracle child who will grow to be
the shepherd for mankind.
We will tell the world what we’ve witnessed.
Glory to God in the highest,
peace on earth and among men
with whom he is pleased.

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