Morton Kelsey suggests the shepherds at the manger inspire some new beatitudes:
Blessed are the shepherds, for they give hope to ordinary people like you and me; they tell us no one is excluded.
Blessed are the homeless, wandering, shepherd-like people, for they are free to follow immediately the angel’s call.
Blessed are the hungry and thirsty, the unhappy and the unloved, for God has seen their misery and sent divine love bodily into the world at Christmas to soothe their pain and loneliness and give them hope and even joy.
Blessed are those who know themselves so well they are aware of the demons lurking within them, for they are prepared to accept the angel’s invitation.
Blessed are the fearful, for the Christ child came to take away their fear and give them the fullness of heaven’s love, now and forever.
Thank God there is a homeless, unloved frightened shepherd in each of us; this very rejected and despised part of us can lead us to the holy child in Bethlehem who can be our gate to eternal life. May this Spirit of blessedness fill your hearts and minds this Advent and Christmas season.
God's grace and peace to you,