Everyone experiences loneliness and isolation. Some people experience it more than others. They may have a greater need to be connected to others, or they may have lost and never a significant connection in their lives. Some are lonely because there are not other people around. Others are lonely because they have a sense of isolation even though they are in a crowd. I suspect that a lot of our loneliness is about the sense of connection we have to other people.
Shepherds are often alone, even today. They face a great deal of isolation as they care for the sheep. Maybe that is why they were invited to the birth of Jesus. God chose to reach out to those who were isolated and alone. God chose to share with them because God wants to offer to all a connection to something more. God wants us to know, especially those of us who are lonely and isolated, that we do not have to be alone. We are invited into God’s story. God wants us there are God interacts with humanity. God wants us to be a part of something more.
This Advent and Christmas, realize that God is with you. Invite others to be a part of the experience of God.