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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
Every night I am grateful for my livestock guardian dogs. They watch the fenceline, they discourage predators who lurk in places I can't see, and their barking makes me smile and go back to sleep.

This time of year, I think of some other shepherds--human ones--- who didn't have the luxury of a chainlink fence and a warm bed. They watched the Temple flock-- the one the sacrificial lambs were drawn from for the Temple in Jerusalem. And they were the ones to first hear of the arrival of the Lamb of God--Jesus, the baby who would be laid in the same manger where they might have examined the lambs for the temple. They were experts-- who better to see the newborn Lamb of God and announce His coming?

In my imagination, the shepherds took on the benevolent forms of my LGD's, and the lambs morphed into my beloved alpacas. I hope you won't mind the attempt at humor in this video, and will still see the wonder of the event through the illustrations.

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night:

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Blessed New Year!