Advent Journal: December 14th

By George Bashian

Luke 2: 16-20

Shepherds were at the bottom of the Palestinian social scale:  The pungent smell of sheep manure preceded them wherever they went; they were never invited to Red Carpet events.

Yet God brought the good news of Jesus' birth to these smelly, vigilant men who stayed awake at night while others slept.

And what did they do?  First, they got up and went -  with haste to Bethlehem “to see this thing that has taken place.”  Then they witnessed – they made known to Mary and Joseph all that had been made known about the child, “and all who heard it were amazed.”  Thirdly, the returned to their sheep, “glorifying and praising God for all they had seen.”  Sounds like this could have been the first spontaneous worship service of the Christian era!

What “Bethlehem” will you and I be hastening to in order to meet Jesus?  How will you and I bear witness in our lives to the birth of Christ this holy season?  What new ways can we find to glorify and praise God?  I pray that God will richly bless our efforts as we move through the season of Advent.