Mary and Joseph knew something special was happening that Christmas in Bethlehem, but the first non-family members aware of the miracle of Christ’s birth were shepherds. What an invitation those men received!
The shepherds were in the fields that night, as they were most every night. They were doing their job—staying awake and keeping watch. The sheep depended on men who worked, despite the discomfort and hardships of outdoor living.
Many of us will gather to celebrate in the next few hours but there are folks who will remain on the job, protecting and defending. Consider police officers, firefighters, EMTs, doctors, and nurses. They will be one call away if we need them. Should our electricity drop, dedicated utility workers will leave their warm homes to restore it for us.
Especially this season we need to remember the men and women of the American armed forces scattered around the world. They are away from home and family, watching and keeping. Thank you for making Christmas safe!
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 (NASB)