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. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 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.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Luke 2:8-20 NIV
Have you thought about the significance of the shepherds’ introduction to Jesus? The angels proclaim the good news to these humble workers, these nobodies, and then the young parents of the savior open up one of the greatest moments in history to total strangers. Mary and Joseph welcomed the shepherds into the intimate first moments of their precious child’s life. The coming of the King was shared by the most ordinary of people.
In the same way, all of us have been invited to meet and know and worship the Son of God. As we remember the humility and meekness of the birth of Christ this month, let us take full advantage of the closeness that Lord has made available to us, His children. We live and worship in another season of waiting, calling for the Kingdom to come in full. But we wait with the presence, the nearness of God eagerly delighting in our friendship.
Lord, let us accept Your invitation to great and precious moments in Your presence. Help us to rejoice like the shepherds in Bethlehem, spreading the news of the great love we have seen. Convict, call, and draw us to Your comforting embrace. We thank you, Jesus. We long to be close to You.