Next Sunday here at First Covenant Church, we again tell the “greatest story ever told,” the birth of Jesus in a manger. Only this time we tell it through the voices of our youth. You don’t want to miss it as they sing and act, “Angels, Say What?”
As I watch and listen to them rehearse, I am reminded of my Sunday School days as a young boy. Every Saturday, for what seemed like months, there was the obligatory play practice. I know I didn’t want to go then, but now I realize the joy it brought my parents and grandparents as the play unfolded.
Every year, the story was the same---Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and wise men, the idyllic Bethlehem scene with the shiny star. Each and every kid had a memory verse that was said before a jam packed church on Christmas Eve.
It was always my hope to hit the big time and act out the part of Joseph. That never happened! If not Joseph, my ideal role was then to be a “wise man.” Well for obvious reasons J that didn’t work out either. So, along with thirty other kids, I was a lowly shepherd.
God must have been thinking, “I know, I’ll make him a lowly shepherd now as a young boy so he can be a shepherd of My people when he grows up to be a man.” As I see it, I’ve been a “shepherd in training” for most of my life.
God has you “in training” for something too. What is it? Ask Him to show you the way—trust me, He will.
Getting excited for Christmas…..
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.