Great Joy... to All People
Great Joy... to All People
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:  and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold,
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
- Luke 2: 8-10
Into a world of darkness and danger God sent his angel to very ordinary men  to make the greatest announcement in the history of mankind.  They were guarding their means of livelihood, protecting the innocent and helpless lambs... watching and waiting for the morning light.  I find it so amazing that God sent His messenger to shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus, who would himself fulfill the  role of the Good Shepherd.  And then at the same time become the Lamb of God who  was the sacrifice for our sins.  What an amazing analogy that helps man relate to the birth of our Savior... this long awaited good news.
Most of us go about our daily lives not expecting miraculous events to happen to us, but at this time of year we are increasingly made aware by the changes in the weather,  the color of the leaves, the preparations being made for the holidays... that God is again going to bring "good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
The shepherds  "came with haste" to find Jesus and  " they made known abroad  the saying which was told them concerning this child."  Let us remind ourselves  to keep watch, to prepare our hearts and minds, and to share that joy with all people. 
Heavenly Father, fill us again with the awesome wonder of this Christmas season.  Thank you for loving us,   Teach us how to love one another, to be good shepherds in this world, and to  share the message of the heavenly host:  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
 - Sarah Folckomer


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:38 PM
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