December 24 – Shepherds and Angels

Luke 2:8-15: And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

 “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

 

The angel’s news to the shepherds was one of excitement and hope. The world is changing and the angels were inviting the shepherds to be the first to see it begin. They announce the coming of eternal king. It’s not the powerful and mighty the angels visit. It’s the ones separated from society, the ones who best symbolize the role the king will take that are invited to witness the birth of the forever kingdom.

How the Shepherd’s react to the angel’s news is simple, but essential. It’s an example for us. They obey and go. This response isn’t flashy or obscenely memorable, however compared to the previous angel interactions where Mary and Zechariah immediately question the angel. While this may be a welcome relief for the angels, the shepherds commit to see what the angels are talking about.  

The Angels cannot help but praising God for intervening. This reaction should be our natural state of being. Their reaction should be our passive reaction while the shepherd’s should be our active action. We can constantly praise God for is intervention So as we head in obedience to Bethlehem, we take on the state of praise as we serve our king.

 

Prayer:

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus. We are excited to see the forever king take His rightful throne. We look at the Shepherds initial response of investigating what we have learned and we take note. When we first hear about Jesus, we in our own ways investigate who this person is.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

 

Carol of the Day:

Angels We Have Heard On High

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHWqj6gKS9g

 

Family Activity:

Poems

Today is focused on poetry. There are many forms of poetry and so does’ focus is on the creative aspect that poetry brings. Use poetry to express emotions, or if so inspired, talk about family and what family means.

 

If you are struggling to get started:

  • haiku – simple poem form
    • 5 syllables (Ex. Christmas time is here)
    • 7 syllables (Ex. We are looking for great fun)
    • 5 syllables (Ex. Let’s get started now)
  • rhyming
    • Make the last word of each line sound like something that rhymes,
    • It doesn’t cost a dime, but sometimes you just run out of time.