We are continuing the tradition we started last year with our family Christmas Card, using our blog to deliver our annual Holiday greeting. If you're interested in what we've been up to during 2010, feel free to browse through the blog posts from this year in the archives section on the left side of this page. You'll see school plays, musicals and concerts, recipes, scouting awards and camps, home improvements, family trips, more recipes, and a new dog. Did I mention recipes? Most of the major events of this year can be found here.
We love this season of the year more than any other because it helps turn our attention to God’s great mercy and love in the sending of His Son, Jesus Christ, to this world. (John 3:16-17) Our minds have gone this year to the shepherds that were abiding in the field that first Christmas night and we have pondered their response following the angels’ message.
“And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:15-16)
These shepherds came “now” and “with haste” to find Jesus. They felt the majesty of the message and left all else to seek Him. It is so easy in our lives to get distracted by the cares of the world and as a result our journey to find Jesus often gets delayed or sidetracked. We would be wise to follow the example of the shepherds. We too can put aside the cares of this world “now,” and cast the trappings of sin and the daily distractions behind us “with haste” in order to seek Him. We can do this by pondering more frequently the majesty of God’s message, by being a little kinder, a little more repentant, a little more quick to forgive and extend mercy to others. This Christmas our family has renewed our committment to follow the shepherds’ great example in giving the greatest priority to that which is most important, our search for and then emulation of Jesus.
In that spirit, please enjoy the video below, “The Shepherd’s Carol” by Bob Chilcott, performed by the King’s College Cambridge Choir.
We stood on the hills, Lady, our day's work done,
Watching the frosted meadows that winter had won.
The evening was calm, Lady, the air so still,
Silence more lovely than music folded the hill.
There was a star, Lady, shone in the night,
Larger than Venus it was and bright, so bright.
Oh, a voice from the sky, Lady, it seemed to us then
Of God being born in the world of men.
And so we have come, Lady, our day's work done,
Our love, our hopes, ourselves we give to your son.
We hope that you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year. We appreciate our association and friendship with you and pray that it may continue throughout the years to come.
Ro, Jen, Maddy and Joey Shearer
Picture above is "The Birth of Christ" by Carl Bloch