“That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.”
Reflect and Respond:
Put yourself in the roles of the various characters from today's reading. What would have made you excited about this night? What makes you excited about the Christmas story today?
Father, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus. His birth was so ordinary and yet so extraordinary. Help me understand the excitement the shepherds and the angels must have felt at the time. Help me ponder your works like Mary. Let me be continuously filled with joy for having Jesus as my Savior. Amen.
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