In four short verses, the radical paradox of God’s love is fully displayed. News of majestic importance is announced to ordinary shepherds, while they work. The promised saviour, the messiah, is a baby in a stable. And instead of terror and fear we are to revel in great joy.

Dear Lord, astounding God,
Thank you for loving each ordinary one of us. Thank you for the astonishing and surprising ways you move in our lives. Help us to delight in and share the great joy of Jesus’ birth, freely given to us all.

Luke 2:8-12

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”

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