G is for Good News

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find the baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

Luke 2:8-15

This is one of my favourite Christmas readings. Imagine how the shepherds must have felt! There they are, quietly watching their sheep, when an angel appears! Then, to make it even more incredible, the angel tells them that the Christ – the long-awaited Messiah – has been born! Then, as if that wasn’t enough, the sky is filled with angels praising God! Indeed, it was a moment for praise, as the Saviour and King of God’s people had come.

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