It is once again Christmas Day. My family has finished opening gifts; we have read about the birth of Jesus from the Gospel of Luke and breakfast is now being prepared — our usual Christmas morning breakfast — crepes with fresh fruit and sausages. The breakfast wouldn’t be complete without the sausages — I love ’em!
This year is going to be a quiet Christmas at home — an opportunity to read one of the new books that I received as gifts from my daughters.
But I also want to take some time to reflect on the passage from the Gospel of Luke that I read to my family. I want to take some time to think about the shepherds. The shepherds were considered to be the lowest of the low. Because they had to be out in the fields with their flocks they could not participate in temple worship. They were also considered to be unclean.
Yet the angels appeared to them, not to the priests or princes of the land. This was because the Lord God Almighty in His sovereign will decreed it to be so. It was to show the shepherds that they were accepted in the Lord, for He had now come to dwell among them.
And so now because of the birth of a baby, we too, are accepted by God when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
Praise God for His wonderful love to us!