Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Who Wants to be a Shepherd
Luke 2:8-20 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
2 Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
It is almost time for the Children’s Christmas Pageant. Many girls will want to be Mary. The rest of the girls and some of the boys will ask to be angels. The rest of the boys are hoping this is the year when they are old enough to wear the regal costumes of the wise men and carry gifts to the Savior. The younger children will enjoy crawling around saying, “Baa, Baa!”
But who will take care of the sheep? Who wants to be a shepherd? Who is willing to wear a simple brown robe? No one? Have they learned that shepherds spend many weeks sleeping outside – away from their families – looking for good water and food for sheep – fending off wild animals – looking for sheep who have wandered away – having dirty, smelly bodies and clothes?
BUT GOD (two beautiful words seen in the Bible) chose the shepherds to receive the good news from an angel of the Lord. They also saw a sky full of other angels praising God for His gift to the world, Jesus. The shepherds were the first to see the infant Messiah. They were the first to tell the good news of His birth to all they met as they returned to their work in the fields.
Are we willing to leave our busy lives for a time each day during Advent (and beyond) to look for the Messiah, our Savior? Are we willing to praise God and tell others what we have experienced?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your indescribable gift to me – Jesus, my Savior and Lord! Help me choose to spend time each day looking for Him, as the shepherds did. I choose to tell others about what I have learned and experienced, as the shepherds did.
By Karen Cross