“for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11
Baby announcements are always exciting! Last Thanksgiving, our son announced the future birth of his child to the squeals and shouts of everyone present. After seven years of infertility, another friend of ours announced his wife’s pregnancy with a short poem, resulting in many who knew their journey rejoicing with tears. No matter how elaborate or simple the announcement is made, the impending arrival of a baby should always be celebrated. It is a great gift from God wrapped in a small but miraculous package!
When reflecting on the story of Jesus, I am always astounded that the first announcement of His arrival was made to a group of shepherds watching their flocks on what seemed to be an ordinary night. The darkness of an ordinary night was shattered as the “glory of the Lord shone around them”. Terrified, they fell to their knees, when an angel gave them the “good news of great joy” manifested in the birth of Jesus found in a nearby stable. When the angel spoke his last word, the praises of a “heavenly host”, defined in the Greek as “an army”, of angels filled the sky for a few moments. And then, in a flash, the sky was dark again, but no longer just an ordinary night, changing not only those shepherds’ lives, but our lives as well. Today, take a few minutes to listen to the carol, “Angels We Have Heard on High.” As you listen to the song, reflect not only on what it was like for the shepherds, but also on when you first heard about Jesus and how your life was forever changed by that announcement!