“Suddenly the 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!...
I bring you good news that will be great joy to ALL people.”
The shepherds were terrified when a blinding light disturbed their mundane routine, but the angel quickly reassured them, “Don’t be afraid!” He had news the shepherds had been longing to hear their entire lives…the Savior is born! JESUS had finally come to earth to connect man to God, and yet when He arrived, they were afraid of the Light!
Like the shepherds, our lives can seem mundane and depressing, and we too long for change. Of course, God wants to set us free, but when He shines His light of Truth in our hearts, we sometimes run away! Understandably, Light reveals what we may want to hide. And like with the shepherds, light disturbs our comfortable routine. But Our loving Father understands…that’s why the angel’s words were spoken for ALL mankind, “Don’t be afraid!”
What if the shepherds had been so concerned about hiding their untidy garments, that they did not hear the message of hope? What if they had waited until their lives were perfect to run to the manger? They would have missed connecting with the God who SO loved the world!
So why should we keep on trying to hide our junk? After all, Light and Truth simply help us see what’s in our hearts, so we can ask Jesus to set us free! His Light is a purifying Light that opens the door to the Good News the angel announced…relationship with God!
So, this coming year…don’t be afraid of HIS Light!