December 25, 2022
Luke 2:1-20 Intern Bridget
When people talk about the Christmas story, they are talking about this passage from Luke. We hear it every year at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. What we have is a story of a small family far away from their home, their friends, and the familiar. I am sure that Mary and Joseph were afraid, they didn’t know what to expect being as this would have been their first child. They were not in the most ideal place to be giving birth. Giving birth at that time was dangerous to begin with, but giving birth in a stable was even more so. They would have to trust that God would get them through safely.
The shepherds in the story were out minding their own business, doing their job. A job that most people wouldn’t want. They were looked down upon by most of society. It was a dangerous job between the wild animals and bandits wanting to steal the sheep. On that night, however, it was the best job in the world, because they were the first to hear about the birth of the Messiah, the long awaited savior. After hearing this news, they were the first evangelists. They went into Bethlehem and told everyone they met about what the angels had announced.
Heavenly Father, you sent your Son into our world to be with us. You used unlikely messengers to announce your Son’s coming. Thank you. Amen.