-Rev. Ashley Sherard-
Suddenly a great assembly of the heavenly forces was with the angel praising God. They said, “Glory to God in heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.”
All of these angels suddenly appear in the sky to make the announcement of the Christ child’s birth. I wonder if they also had a perfectly choreographed dance number, 4 part harmony, and some amazing threads.
It seems like groups of people are gathering together, more and more, on one side or another of the hot button issues to announce their “good news”. From Charlottesville to the Mall on Washington we are seeing flocks of people shouting out their personal beliefs for the world to hear. I wonder what this world might look like if we all took a lesson from the Angels when it comes to WHAT we announce. What if we ALL announced Jesus like the Angels and Heavenly Host did that night?
When we have our hearts and minds set on one thing and one thing only, the return of Christ, the words we speak and the way we speak them start to change. We are concerned only with making sure every man, woman, and child, from lowly shepherd to king in his castle knows who Jesus is, that he has indeed come and will come again, and that we have all been adopted into his family, the family of the chosen.
Creator God, give us the strength to announce Christ! Help us to proclaim boldly not our own personal ideas of what is sin or who is worthy of salvation but the TRUTH of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Rev. Ashley Sherard is the Pastor of Beechwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in French Lick, IN. She has been the Pastor at Beechwood for approximately two months and is loving every minute of getting to know this vibrant faith community.
Ashley is the mother of three amazing little girls who have been her greatest strength and driving force.