Go on ahead of me
I must lead softly on
The tender flock around me
Cannot run the whole day long
And if you climb to greater heights
We'll follow at a pace
That children and the lambs can walk
Just step by step in grace
Then together on that day
We'll meet you at the gate
For I must lead on softly
Until the break of day!
Softly With the Lambs by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2022 all rights reserved
The Lord is my Shepherd into deep valleys green He leads with His staff by a quiet soft stream But when sin beckons, He tells me to walk On the straight narrow way through the cleft in the rock And through the valley of shadows and tears His rod and His staff comfort all of my fears When my enemies set up an ambush ahead He shows me a table where His banquet is spread Then If I stop to worry about things left undone His goodness and mercy lead me farther along With His cross ever guiding like a good shepherd’s staff We will come to His house when our journey is past!
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8 KJV
When I briefly worked from 11pm till 6 am, I found myself suddenly a part of an exclusive group of people who only see the world from mid-night till dawn. On the night that Jesus was born, just above Bethlehem were shepherds who were the third shift workers of their day. The more important shepherds got the first shift jobs. But in the darkness of that night, those unnamed and seemingly unimportant third shift shepherds were about to become the first people on earth to hear the good news of Jesus Christ! That message was that God had remembered His people, He remembered Bethlehem and He even remembered shepherds whom everyone else had forgotten.
Did you ever stop to think that God also remembers you? He is not satisfied to visit only the better homes in the better neighborhoods with the biggest churches with their beautiful appearances. Just as the shepherds were watching their flocks at night so God watches over us when we are going through the darkest moments of our lives. He knows right where we are. He hears us and He still sends angels with His message of good news. There is no better place than right where you are to hear the news; that Jesus Christ came to bring hope and salvation to us all: even to third shift shepherds out in their fields at night!