8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep.
9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
Father how stunning must have been the experience of the shepherds on that silent night in the hills of Bethlehem when suddenly the glory of the Lord engulfed them in majestic splendor. We can imagine the fear that gripped them, uncertain of what such an unearthly presence might mean. Yet it was not an announcement of judgment the angel brought but of salvation: “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem”
Father, there has never been such a proclamation that has brought greater hope than what those shepherds heard. And in our dark world today I pray that the light from that glorious news will shine brighter than ever. Such news for us may not be sudden but it will be life changing for all who believe even as it was for the shepherds.
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