Day 26

Average, Ordinary, and Unremarkable

Day 26
Thursday, December 23

“When the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go right now to Bethlehem and see what’s happened. Let’s confirm what the Lord has revealed to us.’ They went quickly and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw this, they reported what they had been told about this child. Everyone who heard it was amazed at what the shepherds told them. Mary committed these things to memory and considered them carefully. The shepherds returned home, glorifying God for all they had heard and seen. Everything happened just as they had been told.”

Luke 2:15-20

Every year when we read this story it is amazing to remember that some of the very first people to meet Jesus were shepherds living outside Bethlehem. Jesus is the son of God, the messiah, the long awaited savior and when he makes his grand entrance on earth he is greeting by men who spent most of their time herding livestock. It’s almost comical. Are these three the best you could come up with on such late notice?

For you and me, though, this is part of the good news! No matter how average, ordinary, and unremarkable we think we are, we are invited come and experience the birth of Jesus.

Christmas is almost here. Our prayer for the next couple of days is that we will be free of our insecurities and feelings of inadequacy. Open our hearts to be able to worship you and share the good news with those around us. Amen.

Reflection by Denee Bowers

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