When they [the shepherds] had seen him [Jesus], they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:17-18
Last Sunday night (3 December) the Kew Community Carols took place. Due to extraordinary weather, the event was moved from Petrie Square to our own church building. For many years carols has been a great opportunity for people who wouldn’t normally enter a church to hear about God’s great gift to us in Jesus Christ, and consider what this might mean for us today. On Sunday night, we again participated in fulfilling that mission of the shepherds who first encountered Jesus, spreading the word about this incredible child.
But does it stop with the carols? Is the carols the one occasion where the good news of Christmas can be proclaimed in a culturally-safe environment? Or could we continue, like the shepherds, to spread the word about Jesus during Christmas; at meals, in conversations, during road trips, or while washing Christmas lunch dishes? While sharing our faith is challenging, could there be someone we could share with this Christmas season about the gift that God has given us in Jesus Christ?