In some seasons as a mommy missionary we can feel on the outskirts of all that is “happening” in the ministry on campus. Tending to our own little sheep keeps our days, and nights, full to the brim. There are many parallels with mothering and shepherding in the Bible. And the Christmas story is no exception.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”(Luke 2:8-14)
God could have chosen to announce the birth of His Son to anyone. The world was full of kings and princes, dignitaries, and religious people. He looked over them all and He chose the shepherds. They weren’t in the hub of social activity; they lived on the outskirts of town. They weren’t the “experts” on religious law; they were simple people daily living out their ordinary lives. They worked day and night to keep their flock alive—hardly ever getting to bathe (sound familiar?). Suddenly in the midst of another long night tending their flock Gabriel appeared before them out in the fields, piercing the darkness with his blazing unearthly light. These are the people that God chose as the first to hear of His Son’s birth. And then they became the world’s first evangelists!
Now your livingroom isn’t likely to be filled with angels, but I’m betting it has recently been stuffed with students. Or you might not have seen a student for six months! You might feel like a lonely shepherd or in the mix of everything in society. No matter where you are as a mommy missionary, God sees your faithful work. The GREAT NEWS is He has appeared to us all! And God calls each of us. To tend His flock. To see His Son. To tell others about what He has done.
Blessings to you as you love on your little lambs this Christmas season. May you know His Presence, His care and His love for you in deeper ways each day.
“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young.” (Is. 40:11)
Sherry joined staff in 1997. She robbed the cradle and married a handsome student (gasp!) named Jeff in 2000. Since then they have served in WI, SD and now in CO. They have 3 boys ages 7-12 and there is never a dull moment in their house. 2 years ago Sherry finally got her girl, a black and white lab mix who is her constant shadow. Jeff works with operations and training for collegiate. Sherry enjoys writing and encouraging mommy missionaries when she isn’t busy homeschooling.