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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)

TITLE: Worshiping With Angels
By Shan Gillard


“Be alert, Benjamin,” admonished old Elias to his youngest grandson. “The flock seems restless for some reason tonight. There may be predators on the loose. Animals seem to have a way of sensing things we don’t, so watch out. My eyes are not what they used to be.” The old man squatted near the fire, his joints audibly cracking as he lowered himself. Elias, his two sons and their sons were responsible for the Temple flocks. They could not let anything happen to these sheep. Elias glanced over at Baruch, noticing he was feeling the same uneasiness.

“What do you think it is, Father? I can’t remember tension like this from the sheep in all the years I’ve been tending them.” Baruch, too, was keeping his eyes on the perimeters of the sheepfold, expecting at any moment to see a lion or a wolf spring from the darkness to snatch one of the flock.

The bright light startled them first, blinding them from above. While they had been scrutinizing the ground around them for signs of a sudden appearance, the sudden appearance came from above, taking them totally off guard. The men’s attention was riveted on the huge warrior in the sky above them. His clothing, helmet and sword were shining. Elias knew without a doubt they were to all be stricken dead where they stood. “Please, spare my sons and grandsons. I am an old man. Do with me what you will.”

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good tidings of great joy,” spoke the magnificent warrior to them, and immediately warm comfort infused them. He was joined with others – the Host of Heaven, and they began to praise God. The shepherds themselves joined in the worship, losing themselves in the praise of the One Who was worthy of all praise. Even old Elias found himself dancing with abandon, worshiping with the very angels of heaven! What joy! What ecstasy! And then the angels told them where they were to go to find the object of their worship – a baby in a manger with a young mother and a father with the rough hands of a carpenter.

As the shepherds bowed before the Ancient of Days contained in the body of a newborn baby, the angels withdrew and spoke among themselves, wondering at the wisdom of the Master in choosing to reveal the birth of the Messiah to the shepherds.

“Do you not think the shepherds will find it odd that the Messiah is in a manger, surrounded by animals?”

“No, don’t you see the beauty? The shepherds worshiped with us, lost themselves in the adoration, and believe in the Word of the Lord. If He had sent us to the religious leaders, they would be debating forever over whether or not we were real or a figment of their imagination, or whether they should start a new religion to worship us instead of the Master. If He had sent us to the politicians, they would never believe the King of Kings would be born among the lowliest of the lowly, and would never worship Him. But the shepherds live among the sheep. They know how to follow and obey, and they have no preconceived ideas to get in their way. Worship has changed them, there is no doubt, but still they accept and believe like no other men.”

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Beckie Stewart10/12/07
I really like the way you put names to the shepherds and personalities. It made a story we all know well come alive....kind of like a Max Lucado writing!
Pat Guy 10/15/07
This is awesome writing and great work! But pooey, you swtiched POV's when you switched from the POV of the shephards to the POV of the Angels.

But, even with the POV shift you've got some gooood writing here! ;)
Beth LaBuff 10/15/07
I like how you took a familiar story and presented it in this way. Really enjoyed this! Good work!
Joanne Sher 10/16/07
Lovely characterization and detail. I enjoyed this very much . This is an EXCELLENT first entry. Keep writing.
Betty Castleberry10/16/07
This is a very good read. Good descritpion of the angel. Thank you for sharing this.
Dee Yoder 10/17/07
Your story was so interesting. Your characters are well developed and the dialogue very fresh. You did a wonderful job with this entry!