Advent Reading for December 21, 2021
by Rev. Kelly Fitzgerald
Host of the Facebook Group: Sarasota Family Connections

Luke 2:10-21
But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 

Jesus is born!  This is the moment… the one we have been waiting for!  But not just us – the people here earthside preparing for Christmas.  This was the moment that all of heaven had been waiting for as well.  And when the birth of Jesus happened actually happened over 2000 years ago the heavens were PUMPED!  So much so that a group of shepherds in their fields got a blast of the heavenly host. “Do not be afraid!” shouts the angel – certainly addressing the shepherds but also the flocks of frighted sheep. Don’t be afraid of the light show that is about to appear in the normally dark skies above.  Angels singing, lights shining… the announcement was made loud and clear that the good news of great joy was a baby – lying in a manger wrapped in bands of cloth. The with the sung “glorias” echoing in their head – the shepherds understood the assignment and ran to Bethlehem to see this miraculous birth that had taken place.

I can just imagine God being so super excited that this is the day – the day that this big plan of salvation is finally launched into action.  The people on earth aren’t expecting this Savior to be born as a baby.  The Messiah shouldn’t have entered the scene in such a humble fashion.  God makes sure to mark the occasion with a big ole’ clue about the significance of Jesus’s birth.  God calls in the heavenly host to make sure the announcement is made loud and clear. After the birth happens and the glorious announcement is made, the Divine gets to sit back and wait.

“Will the people get it?”
“When will they realize that this is my plan?”
“When will they realize this is my son?”
“When will they recognize Jesus as Lord as Savior?”

God as the creator of this great and amazing plan to send his son to earth – must really enjoy the realizations that people have about Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The celebration might not be on display as described in Luke 2 – but the divine revealing might be seen in other ways.  May we be like shepherds and not be afraid to look and see the good news and the great joy all around us – Christmas Day and every day.

Reflection Questions:
1.  Do you have a moment or memory of a divine revelation?
2.  Have you experienced the glory of God?

Prayer:
“For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keeps their watch of wondering love.  O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the king and peace to all the earth.”
God, we are grateful for the ways you shared the gift of salvation with all of humanity.  May our eyes and hearts be open to receive once again the wondrous gift and blessing of heaven.  Amen