O Little Town of Bethlehem is my favorite Christmas Carol. The melody and mystery of this song quietly bring love and light into my heart. It reflects the way Jesus came into this world beautifully. Jesus was born quietly in a manger in a stable tucked away from the noise and busyness of the Bethlehem streets. No grand announcements were made in the town square that Jesus was born. Simply angels appearing to the shepherds in the fields.
Would the angels have been heard or even noticed had they brought the message to the people bustling around in Bethlehem? Probably not. The people were preoccupied with finding housing and making sure they were counted for the census. In other words, they were concerned with matters of the world, they were not concerned with God matters.
How much different is our world today? Not much. I wonder how many people will really notice that Christ has been born. As we go through this Advent season, be like the shepherds. Notice the wonder and love that comes this season through the holy child. Then go share the good news with all those you meet. It’s just like the words of O Little Town of Bethlehem claim, “Let’s drown out the noise of the world with shouts of joy and love.”
Rev. Laureen Roe
Otter Camp Co-Director