And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. – Luke 2:8
The lyrics to this familiar carol are attributed to Irish hymnist and poet Laureate Nahum Tate. It first appeared in print in 1702 and was paired with a tune called “Winchester Old”, a 16th century tune by William H. Monk in the United Kingdom. Until 1782, it was the only Christmas carol officially sanctioned by the Church of England. The tune we sing in the United States is a variation on a Handel aria arranged by Lowell Mason in 1821.
Can you imagine going to work as a shepherd, which, by any standard is not the most classy job in the world – and you go about your tasks thinking you’re going to have a similar day to the day before… then BOOM – a light blinds you and a heavenly host appears before you? A bunch of angels announce that Christ is born! Well, I’d say that’s no ordinary day. Who says tending sheep is boring? It sure wasn’t boring on that day!
As we all know, the shepherds went to see the Baby King. There they found Him along with heavenly hosts giving Him praise. I’m so glad God sent the angels to the shepherds, and the shepherds got to be a part of the most important event in history! You never know what God’s got in mind for your life – even if you are on the low end of the totem pole, my friend.
I hope this little post has encouraged your spirit today. If you’ve enjoyed it, I hope you’ll leave some love here in the comments. Have a wonderful day – full of wonder. 🙂