Christmas: Day 3- The Sheep

Christmas: Day 3- The Sheep

Third Sunday of Advent

Day 3. December 3, 2019

Nativity Companion: The Sheep

Opening Prayer: God who cares for us with tender love, might we encounter you in the midst of community with one another. Might we hear your voice as you call and invite us into the shelter of your love. AMEN.

Scripture- Luke 1:13-15

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John.  You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,  for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Reflection:

They say we sheep are stupid. We follow blindly, or we go off to our death in our mindless wanderings. Yet we love and breathe and move in community.

And maybe that’s just part of what we know — that in our following, and in community, we glimpse and bear witness to something true about how creation functions.

We follow voices that bring us to life and safety. And we do this together.

Have you thought about the wisdom that we sheep know? It’s pretty easy, it seems to me:

Listen to the voice of the one whose job is to bring you to food and shelter and safety.

And move together so you don’t get lost or afraid.

Love & community.
Following. Together.
It just might bring you into an encounter with the Christ-child.

And they say sheep are silly creatures…

Questions for Consideration:

  • Take a breath. What might it look like and feel like to trust God with whatever fear consumes or worries you right now? Who is your life can support you so that you know you aren’t alone in whatever stress or challenge you are facing right now?
  • Prayerfully consider a person for whom you care that you know is struggling right now. What is a tangible action you could do so that they might know they aren’t alone?

Closing Prayer:

God, thank you that you created not only humans, but all living things in creation. Might we look to creation to learn from them the ways and rhythms of your love. AMEN.