A little boy in a Christmas program at his church had but one sentence to say: "Behold, I bring you good tidings." After the rehearsal, he asked his mother what tidings meant. She told him it meant "news."
When the program was put on, he became stage-struck and forgot his lines. Finally, the idea came back to him and he cried out, "Hey, I got news for you!"
In Luke 2:11, we read, "Unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord." As believers, we cherish Luke's account of the birth of Christ and retell it at Christmastime every year. It not only gives us purpose, but it also reminds us of the love of God, who gave his only begotten Son. It is a story of love, a story of giving, a story of sharing. People of faith find inspiration in the Shepherd's response.
It gives us guidance and suggestions on how we should act and react to divine inspiration.
As people of faith, we believe that the fulfillment of the promises of God is good news worthy of sharing. As the shepherds did on the cool, crisp night, we should likewise with energy and excitement be willing to engage others in the story of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
In all of our busyness to prepare for the celebration of Christmas, we sometimes forget the real reason for the season. We can become guilty of crowding out the Christ in Christmas. May we spread the word like the shepherds did concerning the Good News about the Christ of Christmas.
The Rev. James Blassingame is pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Sumter.