Thursday 8th January 2015
The greatest impression of the Bethlehem shepherds is that they are ordinary.
No scrub that idea for they were less than ordinary. If you were retelling the arrival of the son of God, you probably would’ve imagine poor, smelly, no hope or dream shepherds to be included in the visitors list.
Indeed the style police and door keepers would have kept them well clear. This is until you remember the stable and birth place. Not less than ordinary individuals but rather on a par and normal for this poor and lowly birth of the most magnificent.
Do not be over humble in thinking that God is either beyond nor beneath you. Whatever your ordinariness – Jesus has been there!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church