Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Did You See That?!?

Maybe its just me, but the nights have seemed darker than usual. I know, I know . . . Maybe Im just a little too jaded and cynical in my old age.

Stoke that fire a bit, would you mind? The nights seem colder, too. At least, they do to me.
And maybe Im just tired of the same-old, same-old in my so-called career. Herding sheep at my age? Sitting out here in the freezing cold, night after boring night . . . Good thing Ive got my friends with me around this fire, or Id probably go nuts.

Its like I was telling some of youoh, let me see, it must have been almost a year agothese so-called four hundred silent years have pretty much sucked all the faith out of me. And not just me, mind you. A lot of people.

Whats that? Are you kidding me? Do you actually believe that naive young punk, Joseph whats-his-name?

Yes, yes, of course Ive heard the story. Its a small town; word travels fast, especially when its so ridiculous. His girlfriends pregnant, and he claims shes still a virgin. Cmon, did this kid skip his human biology class? Thats not how it works.

Have you heard her version of the pregnancy? Dont laughthe angel Gabriel brings a message: the baby is really Gods offspring. I almost fell off my camel, I laughed so hard the first time somebody told me that one.

A quiet divorce, you say? Well, thats more than she deserves, I guess. Pretty decent of Joseph, no matter how gullible he is.

Oh, come on, now. You cant be serious. Now Joseph is claiming angelic messages? He went ahead and married her anyway? Wowtheres a sucker born every minute.
All this talk of angels, messages from Godguys, need I remind you that it's been four hundred years since anything has been heard from the Almighty? Get over it, already!

Wait a second . . . Whats that light . . .? Do you see what I see?
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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! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven,and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.
(Luke 2:8-20)