8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to 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. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Isn’t it interesting when someone approaches you and says, “I have something I have to tell you” …and you aren’t quite sure if it is good news or bad news they are going to share. Oftentimes they will follow it up with, “Don’t worry, it’s something good”, if they are sharing a happy message. Other times someone may start off by saying, “Do you want the good news or the bad news first?” In today’s passage the angels are sharing some amazing news with the shepherds who likely do not get to hear good news too often, much less from a host of heavenly angels! They are afraid, fearful indeed, of what these messengers are bringing to them. Yet the angels comfort and assure them that this is GOOD NEWS, actually GREAT NEWS, that they are sharing and they do not need to be afraid.
I know I often need to remind myself that instead of worrying about how the news is delivered, or dwelling on the way it is presented, we can find the good in things. We can celebrate that God loved us so much he was willing to send his son to save us from our sins. He has sent us the best news and we need not be fearful but celebrate the love that he has for us all!
P.S. don’t forget to share the good news with others (and give them a warning that it is in fact GOOD NEWS)!
Thank you, dear God, for the good news you offer in Jesus our savior! Help us appreciate and not take it for granted the goodness of your abundant love. You make us whole, you deem us worthy, and no person or entity can rob us of that truth. Let us give you all praise with the angels – glory to God in the highest! Amen.