As told to Susan Ellingburg
I’m not anybody special—I don’t even know anybody special. I’m just a shepherd . . . not the best shepherd in Bethlehem, not the worst, just your average, well, shepherd. A guy who looks after sheep. Not exactly a high-profile job and not a career path to anywhere.
As a boy, I had great plans about doing something with my life—about being “somebody” someday. But when you’re born into a shepherding family, your career choice is made for you. Not long ago I realized all my dreams had been crushed under the daily grind of survival. So there I was…a shepherd.
There wasn’t anything special about that night. It was a night like any other. It was a night like all the others. The sky was dark, the wind was cold, the sheep were smelly. (Truth be told, so were we.) There’s nothing exciting about sitting in the dark listening to sheep snore.
Then it happened. At first I didn’t know what it was…actually, I’m still not sure exactly what it was. This unbearably bright light came out of nowhere. It was liked the sky ripped open and the glory of God Himself came shining through. Actually, I guess that’s exactly what it was.
Then this—I don’t know what else to call it—this angel just appeared right in front of us. (I know, normal people don’t see angels, but that’s what it was.) I can’t describe what it looked like, and I can’t even tell you how I knew, but I know it was an angel. Anyway, the angel told us not to be afraid.
Uh, too late for that, sorry.
Then the angel said the most amazing thing. It said, “Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.”
My savior. Mine. The God of all creation sent a special messenger—an angel, no less—to tell me the Savior had come. As if it were important to Him that I know.
Because it is.
It is important to Him that I know and that you know and that everyone—no matter how ordinary—knows that the Savior has come to set each and every one of us free. So I tell you today, as the angel told me: I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord.