My name is Ashton Raines. You may know me as the reigning King of Country music.
Now to be honest with you, a lot of people around me would tell you that I should be like Baby Jesus or something--you know, the center of attention, the center of the universe. But I don't feel much like Baby Jesus. Truth is, I don't even feel like I belong in that manger scene at all. In fact, I kind of feel like the shepherd that stayed back on the hill while the others went to see what all the commotion was about.
You see, as the story goes, angels visited the shepherds and told them the good news about the baby king that was born to save us all. And those shepherds went to see the baby. But I know not all of them went. Why? Well, because that whole thing might just be too good to be true. Besides the darkness out here is much safer. In the darkness, no one can see the pain I'm in. No one even questions it.
I mean, sure it's dark and it's cold and I'm alone, but at least I'm not falling for something that might not even be real, you know? Still, it would be nice to have that hope, to believe that this night could change everything, that any night could change everything, that I don't have to stay out here and wish the tears would leave me alone, that even I could be welcomed and loved.
Strangely enough, about the time I was getting ready to give up completely, one final angel appeared. She didn't look like the others--kind of ragged, tired and worn, but I could see the love in her eyes as she promised me Jesus is real and I will not be disappointed. On second thought, maybe I will go just to see... you know, in case what that angel says really is true...
Staci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling Contemporary Christian Romance author and the founder of Grace & Faith Author Connection.
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