8 That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. 9 An angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and suddenly they became very frightened.
Luke 2:8-9 ICB
What do you enjoy watching during Advent, Dear Reader? Are you a pushover for old holiday movies, like me? In the hustle and bustle I always find time for "White Christmas" and "Meet Me in St. Louis", joyful reminders of Daddy and Mama.
Are there Christmas cantatas and children's programs on the schedule? While looking forward to programs with Annalyn and Gracie, I'm so excited to be celebrating "Lessons and Carols" with James again this year. Whether it's scared stiff 9 year-olds singing for a church service, or hundreds singing James' arrangements of age old carols, it's watching faces of joy and reverence that bless my heart.
The shepherds were minding their own business, doing what needed to be done. No time and a half, no days off, just sheep. But God burst into their ordinary in an extravagant way. We don't even know the shepherds' names, but God did.
God knows our names, and our hearts, too.
My favorite thing to watch during Christmas is the expressions on the faces of the ones I love. You know that expression when a dear one opens the "perfect"gift.
Dear Reader, my prayer for you is be on both sides of the perfect gift, loving and being loved, and knowing we share in the greatest love of all.
Our journey brings us into touching distance of the manger as we complete our journey to the manger next week. Join me as we respond to the greatest love of all by "Giving".