Just the other week, I had a fascinating conversation with my oldest son, Calvin. Calvin’s a senior at the University of Georgia and a Business Major, with one of his areas of focus in Human Resources (HR). Calvin shared with me that they had been studying how being told, “You are special,” had impacted his particular generation with regard to the pressures and expectations they brought to the workplace. I look forward to hearing more from him about this when he’s home for Christmas!
The whole matter of “You are special” is definitely a topic of today’s current world. Unfortunately, the subject is often spoken of negatively and sarcastically, e.g. when a generation is dismissed as “A bunch of special Snowflakes.” But, regardless of what’s going on in our culture and irrespective of whatever adjustments or corrections we might need to make, during Advent, the inescapable message to us as human beings and individuals who struggle with self-doubt is: “You ARE special!”
This Sunday, Pastor Al LaCour will be serving here at Church of the Redeemer while I’m out of town to officiate a wedding. Al is a godly, wise, and insightful pastor. I’m sorry I won’t be here, but look forward to listening online. Al’s message will focus on the Shepherds in Luke chapter 2.
As you prepare for Worship this Sunday, and as we all enter into the Advent and Christmas season, take some time to read and reflect on Luke 1:1-4 & 2:8-20 and consider the significance of the Shepherds in Luke’s narrative about Christ’s birth. The truth is, that if we were tasked with the role of communicating the news of Jesus actual birth (i.e., “Hmmm. Jesus is about to be born, who should we notify first?”), these shepherds would most probably not be on our list. But, in this world-changing moment, God seeks out the lowly, the forgotten, and those who are regarded as “unimportant” in worldly terms! It’s mindbogglingly beautiful that God sent his angelic choir to sing this announcement to the shepherds. The overlooked are special to God!
So, this Advent & Christmas season, enter into the beautiful and important truth: You are special to God!
Yours in Christ’s love,