The Shepherds and the Angels
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’
Devotion by Duke Yaguchi
Imagine if you were a shepherd watching your flock at night. Night after night. In the darkness of the night. Sometimes there would be a faint light provided by the moon. But most nights, just a very faint aura provided by the myriad of stars. Hopefully, it would be still and calm and boring. Your flock of sheep would be asleep. It would be difficult to stay awake some nights. Nights would pass into weeks. Weeks into months. Months into years.
Then imagine, one night a brilliant light flashes and an angel floats down with a message about a baby in a manger! The Messiah will appear as a baby lying in a manger!
How confusing that must be! Was it a dream? But the others saw the same thing. How can people have the same dream at the same time? What do you do? Would you wonder? Would you wander around? Would you inquire about anyone having seen or heard about a baby in a manger? And when you get word of one, wouldn't you go see him? And when you saw him, what would you think? Would you believe?
Peace on Earth. Peace to you. Peace to everyone!