Before Felix and Oscar in Neil Simon’s ‘The Odd Couple,’ there were the Shepherds and Angels that first Christmas Night.
Never has there been a starker contrast between major players in any significant moment in history.
Not since Almighty God himself walked through the Garden of Eden with the underdressed for the occasion fig leaf-clad Adam & Eve have there been such high society folk mixing with blue-collar / red-necked joe and joe-ettes.
Think of it… The Angels from the Realms of Glory wing their flight over all the Earth, while the shepherds snack on ‘sheep jerky’ playing pull-my-finger jokes around the campfire dressed and smelling like.. sheep.
The Angel Choirs sing Hark.. and Glory to the newborn king, while...
The Shepherds require a SHEEP-PS (sheep positioning system) just to find this same baby Jesus.
It's safe to say you probably will not celebrate Christmas this year with a shepherd, or angel. But you may be a Baptist sitting next to a self-proclaimed Charismatic 'Holy Roller'. Or you may be a sharp-dressed senior in a suit & tie toting a leather-bound red letter KJV bible sitting next to an unshaven Millennial in ripped jeans (on purpose!) with a bible app on his iPhone using the MSG paraphrase. Come Lord Jesus Come!... BUT...
the more we are different the more we are the same. Pentecostals, Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, and more all worshiping the same Jesus those angels and shepherds did 2000+ years ago.
Come let us Adore Him!
May God bless all you 'odd couples' this Christmas.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson