Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Shepherds....


Luke 2:8-20
New International Version (NIV)
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Can you imagine, being in your field, farming or herding cattle and suddenly angles appear??  I wonder if the shepherds at first thought that aliens were approaching!  It's just not something that a person expects to happen!   We read about angels, we talk about angels, we believe in angels, we even make snow angels!  But it is rare that we actually SEE and HEAR from one!

They must have felt totally excited with the news that the angels brought!  I am sure they told this story over and over to their friends in years to come...one never knows what excitement God has in store for us!  And we can also, as Mary, treasure these things, ponder them, in our hearts!

Here's a video of  my granddaughter Mia, making a snow angel!
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/117564377025764584502/albums/5560258158497897377/5560258355870633218