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A Not So Cozy Camping Trip: A Bedtime Story

What’s better than a cozy camping trip?! Eating gooey, roasted marshmallows by a warm campfire, looking at the beautiful night sky with its bright stars, and sleeping in a big, comfy tent with your friends or family – it’s the best! Now, I need you to imagine a different type of camping trip. This is no ordinary camping trip. It’s kind of a scary camping trip! And on this camping trip, you aren’t an ordinary boy or girl – you’re a shepherd! Ready?! Here’s how the story goes…

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There you are, a shepherd in an open field, sleeping with your head on a rock for a pillow and itchy grass as your sleeping bag. You have no tent and no campfire. It’s almost completely silent and completely dark outside. All you can hear is the sound of your sheep “baaing” and one of your shepherd friends snoring! All you can see is the clear, black sky overhead with its tiny white stars.

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You’re about to fall asleep when all of the sudden, you hear something. “Is it a lion?” you think to yourself. “Or a bear?” Your heart starts racing as you remember the stories of King David as a shepherd boy, fighting off lions and bears to protect his flock of sheep (1 Samuel 17:34-35). You grab your slingshot and search for a stone in the long grass. Your hands start shaking as you yell out to your shepherd friends to wake up! You hear the same sound again, and realize….the sound is coming from up above. The sound is coming from the sky!!

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Let’s stop our story right here and have the Bible finish this story for us because guess what – this is almost exactly what the shepherds in the story of Jesus’ birth experienced! Let’s pick up our story in Luke 2 and see what could possibly be in the clear, black sky above them….

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“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:8-14

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Phew! The sound coming from the sky was just an angel. No need to be scared right?! But wouldn’t you still be a little scared – even once you realized the sound coming from above was an angel? That’s probably why the angels told the shepherds to not be afraid. They could tell the shepherds were scared, but they knew they had good news to share! Jesus had been born, and God wanted the shepherds to know! Why? Because he knew the shepherds would tell everyone they knew about Jesus and His birth! Let’s finish our story in Luke.

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This Christmas season, let’s be like the shepherds! Even though we might be scared or afraid, God wants to use us to tell others about the gift of His Son – Jesus!


Haley Hamrick

A 23 year-old pastor’s wife, Haley is a teacher and nanny by day and a writer by night. With a degree in Family and Child Development from Liberty University, Haley loves encouraging both children and families in their walk with the Lord. Her repertoire of journals and notebooks attest to her deep love of dissecting God’s Word and finding new ways to apply it.

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