The pastor is not only to feed his flock … but do the work of an evangelist … he ought to preach toward a verdict … and always that there be those who for the first time would accept Jesus as their Savior, always that seeking note, always that extended hand. That is an assignment we have, a mandate we have from heaven.
“When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” Galatians 4.4–5 (HCSB).
The first recipients of and witnesses to the glory of the Advent were shepherds, men whose reputation as liars and thieves was so ubiquitous that they weren’t allowed to give testimony in court. They lived their whole lives outside— geographically, socially, morally, religiously.
Christmas is not complete without its Scrooges. We have Scrooges both inside and outside of the Church. This is where the apologist in me wants to rail against them, hoping that the Spirit, rather than ghosts, will show up to set them straight.
It is the desire to connect to “the close and holy darkness” to which our lives are drawn, around which our memories orbit, that guides us to the solution of the puzzle of our past.