The Night that Changed the World

DSC_0015, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

Several days ago, something I read on Mervi’s blog prompted me to think at length about the effect the birth of Jesus had on those who saw Him that Bethlehem night. In particular, I believe Mervi mentioned the shepherds who left their watch and traveled to the crude shelter where Jesus had been laid in the manger. Can you even imagine how those men must have felt that night? The awe, the terror that gripped them, as, suddenly, in the dark of night, the sky was filled with heralding angels; multitudes of heavenly beings telling of the birth of a baby of all things, but with such convincing tones and appearances that once the angels disappeared back into the heaven,

“the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”

Swiftly, the shepherds left the terrorized hillside and made their way to Jesus. No doubt reverently, they crept to the straw-filled manger where lay the Son of God. No doubt their lives were forever changed. When at last they were able to move from the presence of God,

“they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.”

I wasn’t on a Judean hillside that faraway night in Israel, I didn’t see the baby Jesus in Bethlehem’s manger, but one day someone led me into the presence of God. I came away filled with awe, and my life has been forever changed.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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9 Responses to The Night that Changed the World

  1. fikalo says:

    Wow, this is a great and interesting reflection on the arrival of Jesus. Simple and effective writing. Keep up the good work!

  2. Shirley says:

    Good evening, Fikalo

    Welcome to my site. Hope you are here often. Thanks too for the kind words. It is so true–and I continue to think about it–that one is never the same once He stands in the presence of God. We are forever changed. Have you found this so in your own life, Fikalo?

  3. tommyjoe says:

    Excellent thought on the shepherds. Excellent thought on how your life has been changed since entering the presence of the Lord. Excellent how He changes lives by His presence!

  4. Shirley says:

    Hello, Tommyjoe–

    Thank you for your comments…and for your love of God and of His work. You are an inspiration to me.

  5. writeathome says:

    I’m thankful for my life changing encounter too, and look forward to seeing other lives transformed who will encounter Him in 2008!

  6. Shirley says:

    Yes, Carol. On to the new year, forever changed by having once been in His presence.

  7. sunil says:

    Hi Friends,
    Just Visited,
    a pretty cool site on radha and krishna blog,history, literature,downloads,bhajans, games etc. a must watch!!!

  8. paulynramirez says:

    That is a beautiful realization that we did not have to be there to see with our own eyes that the Baby Jesus was born. It is the faith that we have in Him that has made us change our lives! Happy New Year, Shirley!

  9. Shirley says:

    Hello, Paulyn–

    Are we not blessed who have “seen” our Master!

    Happy new year to you also.

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