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Around Jesus 

Luke 2: 8 – 20

8 – And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  9 – An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 – But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 – Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 – This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 – Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 – “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.” 15 – When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 – So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 – When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 – and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 – But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 – The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

This is week 4 of our Advent Reflections, during the business of this coming week, I would encourage you to sit and be still for a while, take a deep breath and rest.  As I sit and reflect on the above scriptures, I am drawn to the Shepherds.  v 8 - And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  They would only have a fire to keep themselves warm and to cook with, no mod-cons, no tech!  They would have been sitting, talking to each other, resting.  It was during this ‘quiet time’, that the angel of the Lord appeared to them, to tell them of this amazing thing that had happened.  Even though they were terrified, they listened to the angel, the angel said “do not be afraid”.  How often has the Lord said to you, come and sit with me, I want to share my heart with you.  For me, sometimes, I have found this to be a very difficult thing to do, I, sometimes, get easily distracted but this is something I am working on with Father God.  For some, this sitting and being with Father God is very difficult and a very alien concept.  It does not have to be for hours, it could be for 5 minutes, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, whatever works for you.  As you get more confident and start to hear the voice of the Father, where you can come and be still, you might want to extend the time.  All I can do is encourage you to try it out.  Since I have been more disciplined in this area, my relationship with Father God has become more real.  He shares His heart with me. J  If you want to try and spend more time with Father God, it may be helpful to pray this prayer.

Heavenly Father, I ask that Jesus would come and live in my heart.  Heavenly Father, I would like to come and sit and be with you in that quiet place, please help me to make a space in my day to do this.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.