Christmas Blogmas, Day 11

Luke 2

8    And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9    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 Saviour, 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.

15     And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,  the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16   And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

We have an angel and shepherds!  We have a heavenly host!  Think about it – what if an angel had not appeared?  What if the heavenly host had not broke out in song?  Could you imagine being the Angel of the Lord?  Even being one in the host?  How could you not have held your voice silent?   

We are living in a world that we question everything.  We question the whys of suffering.  We tend to be angry for the suffering of innocents, we even have the gall to question the suffering of evil people.  We find excuses for their evil doings.  Yes, my heart breaks for the little children who are made to suffer.  But for an adult, it saddens me; but I know that we (with the right to make our own decisions) sin without a care for our actions.  We forget that angels are right next to us, each moment of the day.  They watch over us.  They are our witness.  We seem to forget them.  We think we are so intelligent that we discount them being within the same space as us. 

But back to our Heavenly Host.  What if you were a shepherd?  Close your eyes and put yourself back in those days.  Put yourself out in a field with a lot of sheep and the cold of the night.  Think of a world with no pollution, think of the stars you would see.  Put yourself in the field trying to look out for wolves or lions.  With just a staff to protect you and your lambs.  Now put yourself at the moment that you see someone appear.  Just not there one moment, then the instant awe of an angel being right in front of you.  Fear?  Yes, but more than that.  Do you drop to the ground and bow?  Are you frozen in place?  Do you run?  Then to hear the voice tell you to fear not”.  I know me, that would not have calmed me down.  I would have been one of the frozen ones.  Yep, no running for me.  The glory of heaven was shining around you and a being is telling you to fear not?

But some part of your brain is registering what he was saying.  A Child?  (11)For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”  Now he is telling us what to look for, will I remember?  All this glorious splendor I am seeing and now the singing!  Wow! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!  Did they praise and say  “good will toward men?  Why should we have good will?

Can we even comprehend a love that would give us such good will?  Can we truly understand the love that the Trinity has for us?  Can we understand the suffering the perfect has undertaken to become a man and participate in life as one of us?  During this season ask yourself if you feel the presence of a heavenly being near you.  Can you understand the love?  Are you singing praises?   Are you keeping a watch on the sky for the return?

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