Week 29 day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Like 2:8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock at night.
Many years ago I was sleeping in a rather strange accommodation with my family. Deep in the Colorado mountains we were given the ‘privilege’ of spending the night in what could most kindly be called an old line shack from bygone ranching days. We were there to hep in the construction of a log home for a couple my wife knew from her place of employment. When we went at last to our little cabin twilight had descended and it took some little bit of time to get our children settled for the night. Afterwards I had occasion to step outside and travel a short way up the hill behind the cabin. I looked up and was nearly struck off my feet by the enormity of the sky and the abundance of stars brilliantly shining above me. Away from the constant light pollution that is our lot in life these days I can see the attraction once again to be under the stars.
Imagine for a moment what those shepherds on that first Christmas must have experiences. Suddenly without warning the shekinah/glory of the God was shining all around them and the angels made an announcement greater than any other announcement that has ever been made save for the announcement of Jesus’ resurrection.
What an unworthy audience, no kings, no princes, no gathered mass of elites. Just a bunch of ill-educated, virtually unemployable men from the dregs of society, fit only to watch someone else’s sheep through the cold night. Yes, this is who Jesus came to save. Even you, even me. REJOICE!