12-23-14 Did You See That?

“Another warm, clear, peaceful night” said one of the shepherds as they laid on the ground and gazed at the stars and talked.  The sheep had settled down to sleep. Suddenly, an angel appeared.  I like to think that the angel appeared overhead, in their line of sight, obscuring the stars (the Bible isn’t specific about it).  Some of the shepherds began to scramble backwards, while others remained frozen in place. The angel began to speak and announced the birth of Jesus.

Then a multitude of angels filled the sky from one horizon to the other, praising God.  The majestic sound and incredible visual overwhelmed their senses.  Suddenly, the only sound was crickets singing and sheep shifting slightly in their sleep. The only visual was the stars, just as before. Each shepherd had to be wondering, “Did I dream this or did it really happen? Should I say anything?”

A quiet voice disrupted the silence. “Did anyone else see that?”

A cacophony of excited voices walking all over each other, answered simultaneously. The tension eased and excitement grew as they discussed how prophecy had been fulfilled.  Before the night was over, they had decided who would go check this out and who would stay with the sheep. 

I notice in the Bible that when an angel appears, it is a scary experience.  The shepherds surely thought they were going to die that night. But instead they were privileged to receive a message by angel.  No doubt if an angel appeared to me, I would be just as frightened.  It is a lot easier on my stress level to read about this encounter in the Bible.

Isn’t this story much more exciting and believable than Santa and Rudolph?   

“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.” Luke 2:9. 

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