Prayer: Gracious God, fill my heart with faith in Your love so that with calm expectancy, I may make room for Your power to possess me and gracefully accept Your will for me. Through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen. (PCC The Book of Common Worship).
St. Luke 2: 16-20
The shepherds hurried off to find the Infant Christ. The shepherds did not dawdle nor put off seeing the Infant Christ for a day or two…. The shepherds left immediately. And after seeing the Infant Christ, they shared what they had been told by the Angels with everyone they met. Wow.
So, the shepherds were really the first to tell everyone of the Good News of Christ. The shepherds were not afraid to tell everyone what they had seen and heard. They boldly went forth with great enthusiasm and excitement to spread the Good News of the birth of the Infant Christ.
What did the shepherds do? They left immediately and then after seeing the Infant Christ, told everyone of the Good News. Wow! This is the enthusiasm and great joy that we need in our lives and Churches this day!
In the Middle East, shepherds are highly respected. They work to keep the food supply available for others. They work to keep the wool - clothing supply available for others. Even though the shepherds might not own their own sheep, they take great care and nurture their sheep. It is neat that God's Messengers would go to the Shepherds first with the great news.... or was it that it was only the shepherds who were open to the Angel's message? Hummm!
And how did people react to the shepherd’s Good News of seeing the Infant Christ? Everyone was amazed. The long awaited Messiah was here.
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Today, take what you have read in the Scriptures and prayed in your prayers … treasure up all these readings and these prayers and ponder them in your heart.
Prayer: Holy God, You have given us the Holy Scriptures so that we can read and learn all about Your love. Help us today to treasure Your love and ponder Your graciousness to us in our hearts. We ask this in thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.