December 2, 2013
Scripture: Luke 2:20 NLT
The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen (Luke 2:20 NLT).
Like the shepherds, we, too, must return to our routines after the excitement of Christmas. After the sparkling Christmas lights have dimmed, when the ringing bells have been silenced and the heartfelt harmony of carolers is no longer lifted high, will we go back to work and to school like the shepherds returned to their flocks singing, “Glory to God in the Highest“? Will there be a refreshed glow about us that makes our coworkers, classmates, students and teachers want to know the reason for the difference? Or will we take off our Christmas spirit and pack it away with the decorations in a spiritual box to be stored in the closet until next year?
If the Holy Spirit has truly been born into our lives, let us pray for Him to be evident to the people who read our behaviors instead of their Bibles. Like Mary’s baby, the Spirit must also be “born” into the world in order to accomplish His mission. Let us adore Him every day!
Father, grant us the desire to take the good news of Your gift of Your Son into our work places, homes and schools so that others will ask us to share the source of our peace and joy with them.
Author: Paul Lashbrook, an Asbury alum (’62), is a retired attorney and an active antique and racing automobile enthusiast.