Luke 2:15-18 – The shepherds visit Mary, Joseph and Jesus

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

amazed - Advent Devotion - Walton United Church

In this passage we read of the first evangelists! The shepherds, making known what they had been told, sharing the wondrous promises made by the angel. We don’t have a lot of detail about their visit, but it is clear that the events of that night had a deep impact on the shepherds which was shared with everyone they spoke to – “all who heard it were amazed.” ‘Amazed’ is something of an understatement in many regards – for the shepherds and those they spoke to, as well as for us. How do we fully grasp the magnitude of what God has done for us through the birth of Jesus? The immensity of another person dying for us should stun and overwhelm us! So as we approach the celebration and exuberance of Christmas Day, perhaps pause for a moment today to reflect on the amazing meaning of Jesus’ birth. All this is for you!

Awe-inspiring God, we cannot fully comprehend the depth of Your love for us. Help us give thanks and praise to You anyway. For all our efforts, we cannot fully reflect Your love for us either. Help us try anyway. Inspire us to recognize the magnitude of Your care and compassion, of Your overwhelming desire to know and love us. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2019.


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