Read: Luke 2: 8-12, 2: 15-19 

Think: Most of us have never seen a shepherd, apart from on the TV. However, the Bible is full of stories about shepherds. It was to shepherds watching their flocks on a hillside near Bethlehem that the angel appeared and announced the birth of Jesus. They went and found Jesus just as they were told. Later, Jesus spoke lots about shepherds and sheep, he even told a story about a lost sheep. Jesus also called himself the Good Shepherd, who was ready to die for his sheep.

Discuss: Have you ever been in the middle of something, when you had to stop because something or someone more important needed your time?

Pray: Dear God, help us to be more like the shepherds, ready to stop what we are doing to meet with Jesus. Amen 

Do: Download and cut out the symbol of the Shepherd’s Staff and Sandals and hang it on the Jesse Tree.

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