This Christmas Eve the Revd John Proctor, the United Reformed Church’s General Secretary, turns to Luke's account of the outcast and overlooked shepherds
There were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:8 NRSV
Shepherds lived on the edge – the edge of town where the land opens up; the edge of the desert with just enough grass to support sheep; the edge between settled life and not quite belonging. And for these Bethlehem shepherds, the edge of a wonderful moment in history.
Shepherds came to Jesus that night – from the edge into Bethlehem, from the fields to Mary and Joseph, from work to worship.