Do not be afraid
In the Bible, angels often bring exciting news to unsuspecting individuals. In the Nativity story, an angel tells Mary she will have a baby who is God’s son. An angel visits Joseph to reassure him that it’s okay to take Mary as his wife, as her pregnancy is a special gift.
Usually, it’s just one angel that shows up to share the news with one person. But in the Nativity story, a host of angels appear before a group of shepherds.
The first words that the angels offer the shepherds are “Do not be afraid.” Why would the shepherds be afraid? Do you think they would have seen an angel before?
Sometimes I wonder if the hillsides of Bethlehem are a “thin place,” a place where the veil between heaven and earth is so thin that it is easy for heavenly beings and energy to pass through. Ask yourself:
- How do you think the shepherds’ lives were changed by this encounter with angels?
- What are the “thin places” in your life?
- How do you understand the angels’ message on this night of nights?
Explore the characters in the Christmas story:
And watch for more blogs retelling the Story of Christmas.
—Bethe Cameron from O’Leary West Cape Pastoral Charge, PEI