The Talking Pew: New Year, Forgotten God

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A great commotion has just occurred. A handful of poor shepherds has witnessed choirs of angels and the glory of the Lord. What’s more, a Savior has been born.

The shepherds don’t keep this a secret. They tell one and all, “glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.”

The story is soon forgotten. Mary might ponder these things quietly in her heart over the years, but the public uproar fades – and soon the people of the Bethlehem countryside have forgotten that God broke into human history one night in the form of a child named Jesus.

How is it that human beings can forget something so glorious and so central to their existence?

And now today, how is it that we inhabitants of the twenty-first century, subsumed as we are in the dailyness of jobs, bills, leaky roofs and balky computers – how is it that we can forget (along with our brand new New Year’s resolutions) the stunning fact that we are alive and conscious, eyes wide open, in a world that can only be described as miraculous?

I wonder, does God forget about us from time to time?

Text and photo c 2011 BF Newhall

“When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” – Luke 2:15-21

LECTIONARY: Revised Common Lectionary, Year B, The Holy Name

Numbers 6:22-27
Galatians 4:4-7
or Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 2:15-21
Psalm 8

Subscribe To Site:
This entry was posted in Wrestling with the Bible and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

© 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Barbara Falconer Newhall. and Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without expressed and written permission from this blog's author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided that full and clear credit is given to Barbara Falconer Newhall and with appropriate and specifc direction to the original content. Bible texts are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA. The Psalms are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979. Material originally published and copyrighted by the Oakland Tribune is posted here by permission. WordPress theme adapted from Thematic Theme Framework