Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night.
Luke 2:8 CEB
Is there anything I can honestly connect with these men? Yeah, I lived a few years on a very basic farm, but that's not even coming close. I grew up in a home with electricity, television, some form of air conditioning, fresh food all year long... I don't think our culture could possibly understand who or what a biblical shepherd was. Yet, the biblical image planted over and over is God as our shepherd.
While we are more comfortable now, their life was more basic. They lived and cared for sheep in an environment we believe is necessary to live. (i.e. without a home with electricity.) If anything, they remind us that Jesus didn't to Earth with pomp & circumstance. Jesus came as a simple baby. The shepherds were invited, and were symbolic of this arrival. God gave up everything to be with us.
What "necessity" are you too caught up on this Advent season?
Dear Lord, our Shepherd,
As you stay in our field with us, remind us of the simple truths in life.