"That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them." Luke 2:8-9
The lowly shepherds were the ones to welcome the savior of the world. In The Shepherd's Story by Jimmy Dunne, we get the story of the birth of Jesus from the perspective of a shepherd boy. The story is told in the rhyming form of The Night Before Christmas through the eyes of a shepherd boy who is doubting his purpose. I confess the rhyme scheme is a bit cheesy for my taste and when he calls for "sheep 1, sheep 2, etc" I definitely chuckle. But to think about the birth of Jesus through the eyes of a shepherd who is bored with his work and wanting something more is an encouraging perspective. This shepherd boy is in awe as he meets the angels and travels to the stable to meet baby Jesus. I do enjoy that the shepherd boy sees the wonder and peace in Mary and Joseph as they love this precious baby. He also talks about the birth of a child being so wonderful. So while this book is not my favorite, it is a good perspective on the birth of Jesus and points us to the true meaning of Christmas.