December 22, 2014: I Want to be a Shepherd for Christmas

~by Susi Pittman

The birth of Jesus finds the shepherds in the fields being visited by throngs of Angels announcing the good news! In response, these “stewards” of the Infant King doubtless gathered their little lambs so as not to arrive empty handed and headed for the hillside grotto where the Baby Jesus lay.

Their eyes fell upon the little body of Jesus filled with Light, and the eyes of Jesus looked back upon them filling their hearts to bursting with the Christmas joy!

This year, I want to be a shepherd, a steward of the birth of Jesus.

Jesus has looked upon each one of us, giving to us the way, the truth and eternal life. He asks each of us to be His hands, His feet and His heart filled with compassion to serve one another and to care for the Father’s great gift of all creation.

What have you done to take the light of Christ to a neighbor?

Who have you comforted with the love of Jesus?

Have you gathered the family together, reading the Gospel of Jesus’ birth and taken your family on a spiritual journey to Bethlehem?

How will you thank and praise the Most High God at Christmas for the salvation given to all the world ?

I want to be a shepherd on the plains of Bethlehem, steward of the Infant King, filled with fervor and love to adore and serve The One who came to serve and save us.

Experience true Christmas Joy!

Embrace this heavenly peace that only Jesus can give and vow to make this Christmas one that is filled with “love and peace among men of good will.”

Susi Pittman is founder of and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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