The Miraculous in the Mundane–While Shepherds watched their flocks

The Christmas story is the miraculous interwoven with the mundane. Reading in Luke chapter 2; Joseph and Mary arrive at Bethlehem and there she gives birth in a stable. Mary wraps the baby in cloths and puts him in a manger because there was no room in the inn. The next recorded event is an angel of the Lord appearing to shepherds as they were watching their sheep that night. Watching sheep–a tedious; often lonely; and hard job. But on this night, as they sat watching their sheep and looking around for dangers, an angel appeared to them. The angel told them the most amazing news–Jesus, God’s Son, was born!

Then the night sky was ablaze with angels giving glory to God.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:14)

After this, the shepherds could not help but go to Bethlehem and worship.

The shepherds story did not end there, at the stable.The shepherds left, praising God and telling everyone they met about the child. Then they are last recorded as heading back into the fields with their sheep. Back to their daily grind, their reality.

Are we not just like the shepherds? If we are honest, we all go to our daily, tedious; and sometimes hard, jobs. We are often lonely, afraid, bored.

Then, Jesus comes into our life unexpectedly- and at the exact right moment. We cannot help but worship Him.

This Christmas season let us remember again His love and glory. Let us know that we- like the shepherds-are not alone any longer. We can face our nights joyfully and unafraid– because of a little baby born named Immanuel, God with us.

Look up! Hope is here.

Glory to God in the Highest!

photo by Danielle Dumas


Further reading: Luke 2: 6-20




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