…and the glory of the Lord shone about them: and they were sore afraid. Luke 2:9 – RSV
My father always read the Christmas story out loud, but my A+ in Reading meant the responsibility this Christmas was mine. I read it, repeatedly, to the dog. Good practice, even if he wasn’t a good listener. Still, I had questions.
I wanted to know why the shepherds were sore and afraid. Dad said they weren’t sore shepherds. They were very afraid. “A peaceful night. Then angels started swooping around and singing real loud and it was dark and the sheep got all excited. How would you feel?”
If they were scared, it was brave of them to look for the Lord. But, God put courage in their hearts and they found the manger. When they peeked in, there wasn’t something scary. There was a baby. In a barn, just like the angels said. When the angels sang, “Glory to God in the Highest…” the baby smiled, like he had heard that song before.
Another question. Why were the shepherds the very first people to see Baby Jesus? I think, because they were sore and afraid, (no, sore afraid), but went to find Jesus anyway.
Dear Lord, may we in our lives always search for our Savior. When we are sore afraid, let Your courage lead our hearts to find Jesus in everything.