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Angel Week: We’re the Shepherds!

by in Soul Food

"So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them." (Luke 2:16-18)

Almost everyone you know has a nativity set that gets dragged out with the rest of the Christmas decorations every year. Most of us used it at least once as a kind of a playset when we were little. I'm sure little Mary, Joseph, the donkey, the angel, and the shepherds have had all kinds of wild, pre-school level adventures under the tree.

Part of what we did is imagine ourselves in each of those roles. We pretended to be Joseph or Mary or that weird looking sheep as we marched the cast around their little stage.

Here are sandals we should see ourselves in now: We're the shepherds. We're certainly not angels, and as much as we feel for them, we'll never know what it was like to be Mary or Joseph. No, we're the ones who heard the story, who believed it to be true, who rushed to the nativity set in childlike faith convinced that the Son of God was born on earth to live and then die for our sins and then live again.

So let's be the shepherds this year. Tell the story. Spread the word. Amaze everyone you know with the true tale of Jesus' birth (and life and death and resurrection). No sandals required.

Think: The news is good and astounding. Why are we so reluctant to tell it? Is anyone still amazed at hearing it?

Pray: Ask God to give you some of the shepherds' enthusiasm for telling the good news that Jesus was born on earth, come to save us from our sins and give us new life in the family of God.

Do: Think about finding one person you can talk to about the story of Jesus before this year ends. It might be a family member you see just once a year or a close friend or someone you know only on the Internet. Ask God to help you find a way to bring it up, say it right, and then trust Him with their response.

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