Christmas: Day 19-The Shepherd with the Sheep

Christmas: Day 19-The Shepherd with the Sheep

Day 19. December 19, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Shepherd with the Sheep

Opening Prayer:

God who sees us, might we now the healing mercy and goodness of being seen and known by you. Transform us by your love.. AMEN.

Scripture:

Luke 1:76-80 (NRSV).

76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the forgiveness of their sins. 78 By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” 80 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel.

Reflection from Cheryl Southard

I have been seen!

Being a shepherd can be lonely.  I gaze at the stars and wonder how God can care for all of His people if we are, as promised to Abraham, as numerous as the stars.

But I was seen!  I was chosen to witness the most spectacular Angel chorus tonight. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.  I could not believe what I heard.  The Messiah had been born and I was told where to find the baby.  We all hurried off to see this.

I was overcome when we walked into the stable.  Falling to my knees I could only worship Him.  My heart was full, and I could not wait to tell everyone what I had seen, what I knew, that God had sent the Messiah.

What will people think when they heard my story?  It doesn’t matter because I know this to be true, I witnessed it with my own eyes!  God is with us!

Questions for Consideration.

  • Where in your life do you feel unseen or unknown?
  • How might God’s love be inviting you to be seen and heard?
  • How might you be intentional this week in creating space for another person to be seen and loved?

Closing Prayer. 

Oh God who sees us, might we be willing to risk ourselves to your tender mercy and love. And, in being seen, might we be a people of sight who see others and love them with the love we ourselves have known. AMEN.