(In the story “Boaz’ Field,” three shepherds are discussing how some people consider shepherds to be among the “not so holy.” Suddenly—)
—a bright light flashed in the sky, and fell upon them. And when a voice began to speak from the light, these normally courageous shepherds began to tremble in fear. They heard the voice say, ‟Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy for all the people. To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will a find a child wrapped in bands of cloth, and lying in a manger.”
Then there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‟Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth among those whom he favors.”
And then the angels were gone.
The first shepherd said, “I don’t know if this is the field of Boaz or not. I don’t know if this is the spot at which God was at work to include a foreigner in the divine plan. But whether the spot or not, the same thing is happening. God has come to marginal people like us, just as God came to the foreigner Ruth. God is at work, welcoming the outcast; and making room in his grace for everyone.”
Lord, keep us always open to the surprise of grace. Amen.