Monday, 15 December 2014

Me afraid? You must be …. an angel!

An angel of the Lord appeared to them (the shepherds), 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. Luke 2: 9-10

I think people who live expecting the unexpected are those who have trained hard, planned well and are, consequently, well prepared for anything.

Not these guys. Let’s face it, the shepherds just don’t fit anywhere.

That’s actually the good news for many of us, because God has placed this motley group of societal misfits centre stage. In our crib scene we set up every advent we began with the basic essentials – Mary, Joseph, Jesus and this lot! We had to extra for the wise men, so they waited a year, but the shepherds … absolute necessity.

It’s because the angel announced good news for all to the shepherds, we can not just believe, but believe we are in God’s focus.

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