In this reflective piece, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney uses the occurrence of Leadership Formation Day as an opportunity to explore the Annunciation and how the call of God enters people's lives.
Reflection of the week
Posted in Faith
Sometimes we know the Christmas story so well that we don't see the wonder of it easily. Just as many parts of the world go through the Christmas ritual, so do we.
So let's look at the story from the shepherds’ perspective – they were ordinary, working people (just like me), sheepherders, out in the field at night…
An angel of the Lord appeared to them… and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:9-11
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. – Luke 2:16-20
As we reflect on the sheepherders experience, we can see some of our own response – fear followed by wonder, wanting to find the baby in the midst of our daily living.
Christmas is a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus, the love of the Father, and our own response. Amongst everything this Christmas, I will remember the real story, and as the sheepherders did, I will glorify and praise God for all the things I've heard, read and seen.
Thank you, Father, for giving us your son, a Saviour born to us. Thank you, Jesus, for coming as a baby and changing the world forever. Lord God, we glorify and praise you, just as the sheepherders did. We remember the “good news of great joy”, and marvel that it is for all the people. Amen.
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