Devotional for December 5
"A Special Message for Shepherds"
I love Christmas! I love every single part of the Christmas season, the decorations, the music, the excitement, the anticipation, and the memories of my childhood!
It was during our church Christmas pageants every year that my brothers and I learned the true meaning of Christmas. Dressed in costumes, we heard the story of Jesus' birth so beautifully written in the Second Chapter of Luke, recognizing the importance of each role, Caesar Augustus, Mary and Joseph, the innkeeper, the Wise Men, and the shepherds and angels!
Shepherds were certainly not of royalty! They were ordinary, hardworking, honest people when God sent the hosts of angels that frightened them! Stunned, they listened, "Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which will be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
Maybe we are like the humble shepherds today, simply going about our work and doing our jobs! They were called, as we all are, to be messengers, spreading the Good News of Jesus!
We might not experience a heavenly host of angels, but we can follow the teachings we know to be true to love and help our neighbors and strangers, too. As shepherds, we can give hope and encouragement to everyone we meet, not just at Christmas, but every day of the year!
Our gracious heavenly Father, know our hearts to reach out to everyone we see with a smile, kind words, or a calling to be Your hands and feet. In Jesus name,
Written by Janie Livengood