Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sheep at Church?

This was not my idea, and to be honest, I wasn't all that thrilled about it. Sheep belong in a barn, not a people-building. Do folks realize how big sheep are? How loud they are? How smelly they are?

A friend reminded me that carpets can be cleaned, but the possibility exists for a child's heart to be changed forever. I'm not sharing any of the photos of the children here, but they were transfixed. Amazed. Delighted.

And yes, it smelled. The sheep were loud. And we caught a glimpse of how completely unsanitary and unsavory and unsettling it must have been to give birth to your first baby, miles from home, in a smelly cave or barn.

The Bible talks a lot about sheep. We're compared to sheep, with Christ as our shepherd. In John 10, Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep...I know my sheep and my sheep know me--just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep."

The gift of Christmas.


  1. That's kinda neat! In a messy, smelly kinda way!

  2. I can imagine the kids loving that. I know my daughter would have been glued to the fence observing them. Even though it's loud and messy, it could help connect with what the first Christmas may have been like.

  3. I wonder what the sheep were thinking? =0)

  4. LOL! You weren't kidding about bringing the sheep 'in'! ;)

  5. It WAS very wonderful! I know my kids LOVED it. And definatly put into perspective how humble and lowly HIS birth was :) Thank you for bringing them!


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