Verses 13 and 14 from Luke 2:8-20

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Now the flames on the hillside and in the sky grew clearer and they were granted true sight: what looked like fire was thousands of angels glowing with the light of God; the angel army told in Joshua, in 2 Kings, in Psalms – and now witnessed by the poor rough men. That great army praised God in never-ending chants of praise, in the Great Song that was sung before our world began.

The shepherds’ hearts were filled with the glory of God! Every fiber of their being joined in the Great Song and sang with the angels. But now they realized that the words were not only the glory of God but something else, something else… God’s favor on them, the ragtag bunch of shepherds and sheep with their overgrown wool and the scrappy sheep dogs. God’s favor rested on them and on those like them in all the world.

Put yourself in the story. Picture yourself there on that hill while a song of God’s eternal Love for His children pours into and around you. 

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