In the Christmas story, an angel appears to some shepherds out in the night. The first thing the angel says to them is "Do not be afraid." He comes with good news, he says, and he tells the shepherds that the Savior has been born in Bethlehem (Luke 2). After hearing this good news, the shepherds went to Bethlehem, found the baby Jesus, and worshiped Him.
This isn't the only place in the Bible where someone is told to not be afraid. The scriptures tell us again and again to not be afraid. One favorite verse says, "Do not be afraid. I am with you. Don't tremble with fear. I am your God" (Isaiah 41:10).
Do you ever feel afraid? One of the best ways to deal with our fear is to imitate the shepherds. Instead of being afraid, they chose to worship. We can do the same thing.
What is worship? It's when we express our love for God. We can show our love for God through prayer, singing songs of praise, and many other ways...including our yoga!
Here are our poses for remembering the lesson of the shepherds. Jesus, help us to trust you and let go of our fear!
Warrior 2: Shepherds look out across the hills and horizon as they watch over their sheep. Stand with your feet wide apart. Point your right toes forward. Bend your right knee and start to sit down a little. Bring your arms up parallel to the floor and stretch through your fingertips. Look over your right fingertips like you are watching your sheep across the rolling hills. Hold for a few breaths. Ask Jesus to help you with anything you are afraid of. Then try the whole pose on the left side.
Staff pose: Shepherds use a long tool called a staff (usually made of wood with a hook at the end) to help guide their sheep. Sit with your legs out long in front of you. Set your hands next to your hips. Grow long through your spine and get tall. Push through your heels and turn your toes toward your nose. Feel as strong as a wooden staff. Remember how Jesus uses His love to guide you in your life. Take three-five breaths and then release.
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