In our previous post, we reviewed a scripture about Mary. As a follow-up, I would like for us to think about the shepherds and consider their lives.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.”
– Luke 2: 8
What I like about this verse, is we see these are common people like you and me. They have a job and they are working. To them, that night must have started out like hundreds of other’s.
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”
– Luke 2:9
What would our reaction be if this were to happen to us today? I have to believe our reaction would be much the same. I love the description of when the angels appeared, “the glory of the Lord shone around them.” Imagine being in the presence of “the glory of the Lord!”
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”
– Luke 2:10
Ah, “Do not be afraid.” An angel, a messenger from God delivering such four significant words. Four words that were important then and important now.
We are all going to face various situations in our lives where we may be afraid. Let us remember this verse and remind ourselves that God’s Holy Spirit is with us. God is with us.
My prayer for us is to communally pray for those in the world who are afraid today. There is so much violence and tragedy. Within the midst of this, there would be fear. Especially for the children caught up in such horrendous circumstances. Let us pray for them. Let us pray for everyone who is afraid and ask God to send protective angels to protect and calm them.
Thank you for being here as we discover and share God’s grace. Please feel free to share this post so our communal prayer will be even larger! Remember, God hears every whisper of every prayer!