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The Skeptical Shepherd

Advent 2014

Day 6 

Do You See What I See?

Do You See What I See?

As the night closed in around us, I pulled a sheepskin around shoulders.  The fire dwindled to a few ember coals. Snores and snorts rumbled from the lucky shepherds who had the privilege to sleep. Me? I drew the lot to keep the midnight watch with Luz and Kasiff—two of the biggest story weavers in all of Judea. At least the night would not grow dull.

“Come, Efraim.” Luz motioned for me to move closer. “Sit here between Kasiff and me. We will keep one another warm.”

“I’m not a child. You need not protect me.” The men laughed as I sat on the ground between them.

“Indeed, you are a man betrothed, so I hear.” Kasiff chuckled as he opened a pouch of figs and offered some to Luz and me. We each took a handful.

“Yes. I am fifteen years of age and betrothed to Dvora, the daughter of Baruch.” I spit a seed toward the fire pit. “But she will not come of age for six years.”

“Aw.” Luz nodded. “Waiting can be burdensome. Meanwhile, let us fill your head with the traditions of our people.”

“I have heard all the tales since my youth.” I pulled my fleece tighter. “Frankly, I’m not sure that they are any more than old shepherds’ wild imaginings dreamed up on chilly, starry nights such as this.”

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This is a fictional story based on the Biblical account of Luke 2:8-20

Tomorrow, I’ll post the rest of the story.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda

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This Little Light

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Natural and manmade light enhances our world. Without it, darkness prevails. Nothing good exists in the absence of light, especially not color. Is it any wonder that darkness is synonymous with the absence of moral and spiritual values?

Whether it be physical or spiritual, darkness holds great power but cannot overcome Light.

Nevertheless, people all over the world have found themselves in spiritual darkness. Many have developed their own source of light to give comfort and a form a security. These manmade religious “lights” illuminate guidelines of conduct to secure a safe environment in which to live. But like a candle, these moral lights only simulate the real light God has provided for humanity. The artificial light of religion has no power to eliminate spiritual darkness. It simply chases it back and gives an illusion of wellbeing. However, the light God has provided through a personal relationship with Jesus obliterates darkness completely. In Him, shadows don’t even exist.

Not only does Jesus shine His light on each believer, He implants His light within us. Matthew 5:14-16 records Jesus words:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Let’s maintain the vision of Jesus’ light pouring out of us, illuminating this dark world.

Remember 2 Corinthians 4:17–For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

How about you? How can you let the light of Christ shine through you today?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

 

Silent Night

Twenty-fourth Day of Advent, 2013

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. (John 1:4-5, 3:19)

Christmas LightsCommunities all over the world exhibit wondrous displays of lights during the Christmas season. People travel for miles to view the spectacular, colorful, often animated presentations. Even our small community has a Christmas decoration competition each year.

Have you ever thought about what the lights represent? The stars…The Star that shone for Jesus and led the Magi to His birth place in Bethlehem comes to mind. Or perhaps the bright light the shepherds saw just before the angel appear to announce Jesus’ advent could be the image being portrayed.  Or is itthe multitude of angels as they joined the first in a splendid array of dazzling light and song?

Still, there’s another light mentioned…

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See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

O Come All Ye Faithful

Fourth Day of Advent 2013

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (Luke 2:15 NIV)

VisitorsO Come All Ye Faithful exemplifies the peace of God’s calling. Even in the triumphant herald of the angels, the shepherds experienced God’s peace. The excitement and exhilaration of witnessing the celestial beings mingled with everlasting, unconditional love and brought a calmness to those involved like no one had ever known before.

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Enjoy the sounds of Christmas, as you prepare for Jesus’ second coming.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Focus

Soul Detox Part 6

 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23 NIV)

Eyes 2Eyes are an amazing instrument. They capture objects and identify them as shapes and colors. Not only that, they are the windows to the body or so I’ve been told. An optometrist once told me that a doctor can tell if something’s wrong with other parts of our bodies by simply looking into our eyes with a small light.

Eyes are also the gateway to the soul. What we focus on either… Read More.

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

Christmas Lights

Advent 2012

Day 5

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. (Isaiah 9:2 NIV)

Children from three to ninety-three gaze at the awesome displays of festive Christmas lights that illuminate practically every street. What is it about Christmas lights that enchant us so? Could it be that they commemorate the sighting of the angels by the shepherds on the hillside the night Jesus was born? Or the star that led the wise men from the Far East to the King of kings? Does it really matter what they represent? Christmas lights add gaiety to the season and bring pleasure to many people who otherwise find little pleasure in it. Read More.