These sheep-herders were dutifully going about their thankless business, working the night shift, keeping sleeping flocks of sheep safe.
Over their heads, an angel – a real, live, floating in mid-air angel – materialized in a brilliant glow and scared the chill out of them. And then a bazillion more angels show up doing a heavenly song and dance number of celestial proportions. Bravo! Encore!
The shepherds listened; were shocked and awed; then with knees still trembling, somehow managed to repack their wits and find their way to see – a baby. Just a baby; yet no ordinary child. But what they saw was only a fraction of who He is.
How much of Jesus do you see? How much more do you really want to see of incarnate Deity? Open your eyes fully this Christmas!
Advent runs for four weeks: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, and culminates on Christmas Eve 12/24.
Christmas Day is celebrated on 12/25, however the 12 days of Christmas extend through 1/6
Epiphany, the 12th day, marks the end of the Christmas season.