Friday, December 10, 2021
Joy and Comfort
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.
I remember reading once that shepherds were looked down upon in Jesus’ society, similar to tax collectors or other outcasts. If true, it would show how far society of the time had changed from the days when God elevated David from being a shepherd to being the king of Israel.
But the Bible is full of similar unexpected reversals, where God chooses someone else other than the obvious choice to work his will through. God really cares about each and every one of us.
God, when You sent Your angels on that fateful night, You sent them not to the high and mighty but to the poor and the humble. Thank you for sending Your good news to everyone, regardless of who we are. Sometimes we are afraid of what You say to us, just as the shepherds were. We need to remember that there is a great and glorious plan involving each and every one of us. Come to us and let Your arrival change our lives with Your word. Come to us as we keep watch and wait for Your will. Come to us, Lord, and bring us words of joy and comfort this season and always.