And this shall be a sign...
As we approach Christmas, we see lots of signs everywhere we turn, especially in the highstreet. But, I don’t know about you, the fact that the signs start appearing in September - or earlier! - can make me feel a bit jaded about the whole Christmas celebration.
We all know that popular carol, “While shepherd’s watched their flocks by night.” Well, on a night which, for the shepherds, began as just another mundane evening they had a visit from angels giving a notice that just couldn’t be ignored:“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger”. The problem is that the more signs that there are, the greater the danger that we will overlook the important sign, the thing that is of real importance.
As we go through life surrounded by so many distracting signs and competing priorities, God calls us to pay attention to the most important sign of all: Jesus who turned all the world’s priorities upside down by coming as a tiny babe, born in a manger and whose first visitors were ordinary shepherds from the field.
This Christmas, I’d like to invite you to spend time looking for the signs of God: these signs may not be written in such bold letters as adverts and slogans, yet ultimately they lead to a better path and a sure destination.
Rev’d Brian Magorrian