Advent Challenge Day 15

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:8-12 (NIV)

When I was a child, I never thought about the fact that the angels first appeared to the shepherds. I knew little of the shepherds’ role in society.  At the time of Jesus’ birth, shepherds stood on the bottom rung of the social ladder. They were looked down upon and were often not given basic civil rights.  Yet, God chose to announce the birth of the savior of the world to shepherds.

All too often, we get caught up in society’s ideas of what it means to be powerful and successful.  We judge people based on their career, how they dress, how large their house is, and where they travel.  Yet, God constantly reminds us that we have everything upside down.  God cares greatly about the least of these. 

It is easy to forget the orphans, the homeless, the elderly, the widow, and the refugee.  Ask God to show you someone that has been marginalized by society.  Think of a way that you can spread good news to them.  


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