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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: Glory of the Lord
By Jasti Victor
01/10/11


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From ancient times Israelites were mainly shepherds keeping watch over their flock day and night in the open fields. They traveled in groups and guarded their large flock mainly from wild animals. To keep a strict watch over these wild animals, shepherds slept in batches, so a twenty four hour watch can be kept. Shepherds are well versed in fighting with hungry wild animals alone, a perfect example of which was David, who fought with a lion and a bear all alone.

So when the angel of the Lord came upon some shepherds on the outskirts of Bethlehem and announced, “Fear not,” they were sore afraid. Stunned and shocked they listened to the multitude of the heavenly host who joined the first angel and praised God.

The angels told the shepherds, “For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And the sign shall be that the babe would be wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

It was something which they were not prepared. They had never seen an angel before; nor did anyone tell them about them. So it came as a great shock for the stunned shepherds when first they saw the sudden bolt of bright light in the middle of a cold wintry night, and then saw an angel.

The Bible says that, long after the angels have gone away from them into heaven that the shepherds decided to go to Bethlehem, and see for themselves, which the Lord hath made known unto them.


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diana kay01/13/11
lovely yes surely it is only "once in a blue moon" that the shepherds would come across angels at night instead of wild animals. Thank you for this timely reminder
Nanci Rubin01/13/11
I have often thought what it might have been like to have been one of the shepherds on that night...yes, indeed it was once in a blue moon, once in all of history, to see such a great sight. The world has never been the same. Thank you for your submission and rememberance of the greates night in the history of our planet.
Brenda Rice 01/13/11
I don't know if the moon was blue that night, but I do know the angels sang and the star shined as a baby came to earth. A child like no other. Thanks for sharing.
Mildred Sheldon01/17/11
Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the birth of Christ and the shock of the shepherds with the appearance of the angel. Only once in a blue moon did this happen. Thank you for sharing.
Mildred Sheldon01/17/11
Thank you for this beautiful reminder of the birth of Christ and the shock of the shepherds with the appearance of the angel. Only once in a blue moon did this happen. Thank you for sharing.