Prayer: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference. Through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. (Reinhold Neibuhr taken from PCC The Book of Common Worship)
Read St Luke 2: 8 – 16
“Fear not!” said that Angel as the angel appears in front of the shepherds, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people…….” Wow. Read these verses over again. We get a visual of an Angel appearing before a group of shepherds. But read exactly what the Angel says to the shepherds. “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” Wow! The Angel is saying that this good news will be for all people… not just a select group of people that are devoted to God, but to all people. Wow.
And do the shepherds stay home after hearing this message? Not at all, they go forth in faith and find Mary and Joseph and the Infant Christ just as the Angel said. When we hear this scripture read during the Christmas season, we hear that the shepherds went to see the Infant Christ…. but we frequently forget that the shepherds had to take a step out in faith. Like the shepherds of old, what step out in faith will you take today?
Prayer: Guide us today O Lord as we step out in faith for the taskings that You would have us do today. Guard us in our daily life so that we can always be a light to others of Your love and Your healing and Your glory. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.