Reading: Luke 2:8-14
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.’
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 favour rests.’
Thought for Reflection: I’m writing this listening to the radio as I do so. The conversation is of debt, rows and military underspending: strife and the fear of trouble. What a contrast to this wonderful message – God sends not bailiff, angry letters or missiles, but sends his Son to bring peace! How can his favour rest on us, his troublesome people, but in grace and generous kindness it does.
Prayer: Lord, we join our song with that of the angels ‘Glory to God in the highest!’