I was struck again when I read the story. It was an average, ordinary day. Just another day at the office that would suddenly become something more. Something would happen that would change the way they looked at life.
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 Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
Reading that part of the story reminded me once again what I love about Christmas – it’s an ordinary day. The sky was not lit up with fire and spotlights. The earth didn’t stop spinning. A man did not drop out of the sky with a great clap of thunder to save the day. It was just another day at the office when the shepherds heard of a baby being born, which happens every day. The good news of hope and salvation, grace and peace comes on an ordinary day.
Is today fairly ordinary for you? Processing the paperwork on your desk, working on the computer, attending the Monday beyond-ordinary-oh-so-boring meeting? Well, the good news is that there is good news. God is with you. God brings new hope, new power, new possibilities on ordinary days. For that, I am extremely grateful.
May you experience the reality of the good news the shepherds heard about on their ordinary day.
Holy high-five to you,