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.” Luke 2: 8-15

The waiting is done. Christmas is here. The baby has been born. The shoot has sprouted. The promise has been kept. The Savior has done his work. Our sins are forgiven. We will go to heaven.

Is it time to forget about trees and symbols and promises? Is it time to move on? The monogram of Jesus, Chi Rho, gives us the answer: of course not! There are songs to be sung and stories to be told.

Shepherds were excited as they heard God’s Word announced by the angels. We have listened to God’s Word these four weeks of Advent, too. The shepherds immediately went to Bethlehem to see and to share. We, too, have seen, and we have much to share.

We want to share our joy. We want to share our peace. We want to share the love of God with others. God’s love is everywhere, and it is for everyone. Christmas can be every day of the year when we keep on giving this gift to those who have never received it.  

Prayer: Dear God, help me be bold. Help me be joyful. Help me to celebrate your birth every day as I introduce others to you. Amen.

Deb Bakken
Minnesota Valley Circuit