Last night I read through Luke 2. I decided to join Cyndi in a countdown to Christmas. This was the first time I had read it in the NLT. I have it memorized in KJV, but decided to read in another version. Luke 2 is one of my favorite passages of scripture. This particular time a section struck me in a way it hadn't before. So, I hope you'll let me share a couple of verses today instead of just one. (they go together)
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!"
Wow, I tried to imagine myself in the shepherds shoes. Minding my own business when an angel suddenly appears! Radiating God's glory! I don't know about you, but the only thing that radiates from me is sweat! :] I would be terrified too. But the angel brought great news. Their Messiah had come. Our savior was born!!! Can you imagine?? I would follow that star to see him too.
I love it. I just love this story. I never grow tired of reading it. I love that I am still learning new things everytime I read it.