17 December 2015

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Advent - Day 17

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.                                 Luke 2:8-11

For unto you is born this day. . .a Savior, which is Christ the Lord
Luke 2:11
by Zona B. Davis

At the office Christmas dinner we were seated around a long, festive table. An identical package, wrapped in red foil, lay beside each plate.

Some people shook their package, a few checked their neighbor's--and some opened their gift with excitement, taking it out of its wrapping for others to see, touch, and admire.

How like another Christmas night, I thought. God gave an identical Gift to all men 2,000 years ago. Some merely observed it with faint curiosity, some only commented on it--but some received it with rejoicing and hurried to share it with others.

This Gift is still offered to each of us. We can save it for later or we can simply observe our neighbor's gift--or we can receive it with delight and thereafter thank God for the magnificence of His generosity.

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