And There Were Shepherds

There is no more lovely episode in the story of Jesus' birth than that of the shepherds, to whom came the angel choir singing of the coming of the Christ. Painter, musician, and poet have vied with each other in celebrating it worthily. In a quite different fashion one student of Christian Science has essayed to follow its meaning.

It is a story of shepherds. In the Hebrew Scriptures God is often spoken of as a shepherd, and Jesus called himself "the good shepherd;" but in this story the shepherds stand for the simple workers for God, whose flocks are the thoughts and deeds they carefully tend. These shepherds were "in the same country" with the Christ-babe: the light would not have shone upon them had they been in dark Egypt, or far from their father's home; but they watched their flocks "in the same country."

"Blest Christmas morn"*
December 25, 1926

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