Shepherds lead us to the manger …

“Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture.” Isaiah 40:11

sheepIn many verses in Isaiah, we read forecasts of the coming of the Messiah. I love the way Isaiah captures the Messiah to be like a shepherd caring for his flock—carrying them to a safe pasture.

A coincidence that God sent angels to tell the shepherds outside of Bethlehem to go and see the Christ Child? Not in my book. If Jesus was to lead like a shepherd, then why not have a shepherd be among the first to see the Savior? In my mind, I picture shepherds as being patient and caring people. And like the sheep that followed the leader to green pastures, the shepherds  followed the star to the manger and silently worshipped the baby.

God wants us to follow the star of Bethlehem to the manager this Christmas season. To enhance the Advent spirit, I’m hosting a brunch Sunday after church. It is my challenge to be more than the hostess–to be the shepherd for the event–and lift up the “Reason for the Season.”

Dear God, clear the path to help us find and worship the Baby in the manger. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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