Reflections for Sunday, December 11, 2016: Fear Not — The Story of the Shepherds
The shepherds’ Christmas story is one that says, we, mere human beings, can feel God’s presence in the middle of a dark night, or while we go about our humble business …. And the proof of God’s presence among us will not come by seeing the material blessings of the wealthy and the powerful, but by seeing human love blossoming in the meanest situations. All we may actually hear and see is a crying human baby, but that will convince us. —Ricky Hoyt, “We the shepherds,” December 24, 2003, revricky.com.
Peace can be hard to come by, but it is a choice. As reflected by Winston Churchill, Christmas Eve message, 1941, which stated:
Let the children have their night of fun and laughter. Let the gifts of Father Christmas delight their play. Let us grown-ups share to the full in their unstinted pleasures before we turn again to the stern task and the formidable years that lie before us, resolved that, by our sacrifice and daring, these same children shall not be robbed of their inheritance or denied their right to live in a free and decent world.