Cowboy Poetry-Heavenly Herders

Christmas StarThe following poem, Heavenly Herders, is written by Brad Curtis. If you’d like to read another of his poems here on the blog, how about The Northern Drive, The Last Ranch Revival and the story of Jonah, or Cowboy in Snakeskin Boots? You can find this and other poems in Brad’s book of Christian cowboy poems, He Holds the Reins.

Heavenly Herders

Cookie had fed the boys

Time to bed on down.

Fire was a cracklin’

Bedrolls on the ground.

The sky was lit up stars shinin’ bright.

Even to ol’ hard cowboys

It was an amazin’ sight.

As the boys bedded down

One star seemed to be alive.

They’d never seen one like it

On any cattle drive.

Then they heard the sound

A rider was comin’ in.

That star was still shinin’

Never gettin’ dim.

The rider said, Boys

You’re the first to hear.

A Savior was born

So grab all your cowboy gear.

Down there in town

That’s where you need to go.

Take you a fast horse

No time for ridin’ slow.

You will find him

Layin’ in a manger.

When he grows up

He’ll be a life changer.

It was then it happened

Sky riders came on down.

Singin’ Glory to God

It was a heavenly sound.

The boys looked at each other

Then ran for the string.

Saddled up fast

The sky riders continued to sing.

Ridin’ into town

Like a stampeded herd.

Throwin’ caution to the wind

Horses being whipped and spurred.

When they got to town

Horses needed care.

Rode down to the stable

And found the Savior there.

Just a young’in

Layin’ in the hay.

One of the boys said,

This has been a purdy good day.

As they headed back to camp

They told everyone in sight

About the sky riders

And the Savior born that night.

It was then the cowboys

Well, they began to sing.

Glory to God

For we have seen the King.


Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.

Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.

And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. Luke 2:8-20 NKJV


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2 thoughts on “Cowboy Poetry-Heavenly Herders

  1. Thanks for sharing. I bought one of his books because I loved the poetry you posted here. The book is great. Hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful Christmas.


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