“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,”
Luke 2:8-9 NLT
The shepherds were terrified. And why wouldn’t they be? It’s not every day that your shift gets interupted by messengers of Heaven come to proclaim the both of the Messiah.
They were just doing their work. Just watching their sheep in the dark of the night.
But God wanted them to know that this good news was for everybody. God wanted them to know that his love was for ordinary working stiffs like them. So he sent a choir of angels.
And it was terrifying. Love often is. It demands a response from us, it sneaks up on us, it will not let us remain just as we are.
This Advent, may you know God’s love is for you. May you hear the message of the Angels. And may you rise above your fear to respond to it.