A Quick Trip Christmas

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

Luke 2:8

What do gas station clerks, fast food employees, doctors, nurses, pastors and more have in common?

Having to work on Christmas.

Not all of them, and maybe not all the time, but even when everything else is closed, Quick Trip stays open. The church has its services. At least a few drive-thrus will be functioning. Hospitals will keep running. Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean everything shuts down.

The shepherds were no exception. On that first Christmas Eve, of course, there was no holiday established, no special time with family. It was just another workday for them. Out in the fields, minding the sheep. But it occurs to me that the first people to hear the Good News were the folks who were working.

Speaking of minding the sheep, do you think those shepherds minded keeping those strange hours? I imagine they were used to it. For lots of workers, the holiday has to be squeezed in around work hours. That’s just the way it is. Of course, those who aren’t Christians probably might not care at all. And those shepherds out in the fields? They weren’t Christians, yet.

Christmas workers? They probably have stories they can tell. Not about angels, necessarily, but still… gestures of goodwill, big tips, grateful patrons and patients. The joy of watching excited children. It doesn’t always happen, but Christmas can bring about miracles, even while on the job.

Work took an unexpected turn for those shepherds, a reason to take a Quick Trip and see what all the fuss was about. My hope is that all Christmas workers, Christian or not, catch a whiff of something special in the air, and see this evening and day as something special, magical, holy.

This year I’ll be traveling on Christmas Day. I’ll be sure to pay extra attention to those who are on the job and share my thanks for their holiday sacrifice. I doubt I’ll run into any angels or shepherds, but for those I see I’ll say a prayer that their Christmas

means more to them than just

time-and-a-half.

Merry Christmas

Mitch

One thought on “A Quick Trip Christmas

  1. This wonderful observation reminds me of something that’s happening tomorrow morning. Once a month a dozen or so of us get together at a Bob Evans restaurant for breakfast and fellowship. We have the same server every time. She’s just the best. She knows when she sees me to put on a pot of decaf which she brings to me in my own special carafe. The leader of our group is very good at reminding us that we like to give her a special gift at Christmas time – you might call it a tip, but it’s way nicer than that. We really chip in as a way of saying “Thanks!” for her faithful service to us. Is she working on Christmas or Christmas Eve? I don’t know. But I do know that this season is a wonderful time to remember those who do such a good job of taking care of our needs. Thanks for this great reminder, Mitch!

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