“But the angel of the LORD appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified. Buy the angel said to them,
“Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:9-11 (NIV)
The shepherds were afraid. They had not seen anything like the light that appeared in the night sky. It even enveloped them. They saw an angel; they didn’t know what to think. Their hearts raced, the color went out of their faces. They couldn’t move. All they could do was listen.
The Angel spoke words of comfort; then shared the joyous news with them. It had been 400 years since God sent a prophet to them. No one came to tell them of God or to help them find a way to Him.
The angel called this news a message of a joyous nature. It was for all people- those living in palaces as well as those living off the land.
In our 21st Century world, we see people who need the Lord. People living in our neighborhoods and those we pass as we travel in our towns, as we go about our daily errands. Those who hold cardboard signs as they stand alongside of the roads we travel elicit conflicting emotions in my heart. As I initially write this, I remember seeing two men, less than a city block apart-one man had a woman and a baby sitting in the shade of a nearby business sign. I felt torn as I surveyed the scene. We have food pantries and agencies whose ministry is to help those in need. I remember the stories of people being taken in by those who do this and have been caught in their misrepresentation. And yet, if they are truly without the basics, I am caught by the fact that God loves them and Jesus died for them, just like He died for me.