Rev. Chelsea Simon
Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 9:00am and 10:30am
As we head into the 4th and final Sunday of Advent, we turn our attention to the shepherds. While the shepherds are well-known and well-loved nativity characters to us, perhaps it was a bit more shocking that they served as the first evangelists to God’s incarnation on earth.
We see the various appearances of angels throughout the Christmas story. And these angels serve to punctuate key events in the narrative as well as to signal the involvement of the supernatural in the Gospel.
But Luke reminds us that this divine punctuation is not confined to the walls of a church. While Gabriel interrupted Zechariah in the temple, Mary was interrupted at home. And the shepherds were interrupted in the fields…in their place of work. God’s intervention can happen any time, any place.
I often wonder how many times God has intervened in my life and instead of acting with “haste”, as the shepherds do, I have dragged my feet, looked the other way, or pretended not to hear. How many opportunities for divine punctuation have I missed out on because I was too preoccupied? During this busy season of waiting, how have I allowed God’s various interruptions to penetrate my experience?
I think we have a lot to learn from the shepherds. They have a lot to teach us about being interruptible.
I hope you will join us at 8am, 9am or 10:30am! See you Sunday.
Peace in Christ,