In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. ~Luke 2:8
The field is long and sloping, with scraggly grass and plentiful rocks. We descend into a cave, using steps carved out of rock. Inside, the rock roof is low. A Palestinian Christian named Sam tells us about the shepherds and sheep that have used this cave for centuries. I have preached these texts for years, but I hear it all as if for the first time. Being here gives new power to the Christmas narrative.
What new word are you eager to hear this Lent?
Prayer: O Spirit, give me new ears.