Advent 2018 – Shepherd

This is the twelfth in our Advent series of reflections, written by pioneering youth workers…

This week’s scandal come to pass. How do we handle this? – I don’t want to condemn, exclude, complain.

If this is the messiah could I disapprove? That’s what we were told.

Joy in a birth – none can deny, Got to celebrate a baby – right? Babies are innocent.

If this is the messiah, should I have brought gold? I think incense might be appropriate and I’m sure it’s cheaper. And, no, I didn’t bring a lamb – wrong time of year really.

What sort of man will this boy become? Will he have his father’s way with words? If this is the messiah, will I give him my hat?

Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home.

Good news? Great joy? At least they got the town right – David’s town, Bethlehem. How still we see thee lie. Sometimes you just know. Who are you to question my religious experience?

Been there, done it, and got the t-shirt ‘I was at the virgin birth’.

Got to go now, but if you want the full story, come along. I’m good with stories. I’ve got the time.

This week’s scandal come to pass. How do we handle this? Don’t want to condemn, exclude, complain.

If this was Jesus would I disapprove?

Joy in the birth, none can deny, got to celebrate a baby – babies are innocent.

If this was Jesus would I bring gold? Or something practical like nappies and clothes?

What sort of man will this boy become – will he have his father’s way with a guitar? He led worship well – well until now.

Wherever I lay my hat, that’s my home. In this case an out-of-season holiday caravan park. Ocean close and loneliness closer. Piercing isolation. No car and dad studying hard – got to make something of himself now.

If this was Jesus.

 

By Nigel Argall

 


Join us this advent.

Frontier Youth Trust is a home for pioneer youth workers. As part of our shared rhythm of life we have invited pioneers from within our community to contribute a reflection about a character from the nativity story. We will be posting these reflections throughout advent.

We invite you to journey with us and discover the story afresh.