Luke 2:8-14  King James Version (KJV)

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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Can you just imagine?  There you are, a lowly shepherd keeping one eye open as you watch over your sheep.  And, lo.  Lo?  How about KABOOM?  Suddenly an angel appears.  And to make no mistake as to who has sent this angel, ‘the glory of the Lord shone round about them.’  I don’t have the words to try to describe how magnificent that must have been.

And they were afraid.  Who wouldn’t have been?!  But the angel needed them to hear this most important message.  ‘Fear not,’ he says, ‘for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.’

God wanted these lowly shepherds to hear the greatest message in all of history.  Jesus Christ the Lord is born!  Isn’t it just like God to choose the most unlikely of characters?  These shepherds are who he chose to be the witnesses of this world-changing event.  Don’t ever think you aren’t qualified to what God calls you to do!  He equips each and every one of us.

Now the angel tells them how to find the baby Jesus.  And then, ‘suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’  I believe they were singing, and I doubt there could have been a more beautiful sound.

God speaks to each one of us.  Although he might not send an angel and a multitude of the heavenly host to get our attention, I believe that in the peace of the night, or the quiet of the dawn, or during a lull in a busy day, that if we listen, we too can hear the good news.  God is good.  God loves us.  Let us prepare to celebrate the coming of baby Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, in this busy season, help me to find some quiet time to share just with You. I promise to listen.  Amen.

Jami Godshall

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