The Shepherd Finds Peace
“And on earth, peace good will toward men”
Was the end of the message that night.
“Peace”from a baby born in a stable today?
In this world of chaos and fight?
Let’s pretend one confused shepherd lived thirty years more
And attended a wedding, his cousin’s third child.
There was laughter and music and kissing galore
Extra help for the wedding was hired.
What happened that day brought the shepherd’s mind back
To the night when the skies filled with praise
When he and some others kept watched through the night
While exactly five hundred sheep grazed
That an angel came to them and stood by their sides
With light, much brighter than day
And told them of good tidings of joy that had come,
The Savior to show them the Way.
But the peace the old shepherd for thirty years now
Couldn’t find – he’d chased after gold.
It wasn’t in pleasure or riches or games,
It wasn’t in what he’d been told.
But, here on that night when this man from the south
Called, “Jesus” changed water to wine
He remembered the child born on that day long ago,
And began following, believing the sign.
His feet were guided to peace from that day
As the father of John had foretold
Peace that is beyond comprehension
Peace that can never be told. ~Sharon R. Smith