Good Sunday morning! It's close now; can you feel it? Christmas is in the air! This week will see a lot of Christmas fun at work. Production on Friday will be quite low I think. "And there were in that same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night." We often try to compare ourselves with the shepherds of that time, perhaps hoping for a choir of angels to give us an announcement from above. The shepherds are easy to identify with; they were the blue collar workers of the day. None held political office, and none were rich compared to the leaders and wealthy of the day. However, Jesus identifies himself as the Good Shepherd and places us with the sheep. That is not a demotion, but simply showing us that we are blind and helpless, and most definitely in need of the Good Shepherd to lead us home. We tend to forget that as the shepherds listened to the tidings of peace and goodwill toward all people, the sheep stood in awe and listened to that same heavenly host. One day those tidings will literally come to pass; the lion will lie down with the lamb and a little child shall lead them all. That seems so strange in this world. We know that if you place your lion and your lamb in the same stable, you will soon have only a lion, and if you try to sleep with that lion, the lion will soon have you! This world is not full of peace, but full of groaning and dying. God knows all of this and one day His peace will descend upon us. For now we must treasure His peace in our hearts, and spread the glad tidings of our Savior's birth this Christmas!
Merry Christmas and Joy to you!