The angel said to them,
(The announcement of this extraordinary, supernatural, awesome invasion
of God's redemptive gift to mankind
is given to ordinary men out on a hillside,
to ordinary men who were engaged in ordinary work on an ordinary night,
not mighty men of high standing, not professionals,
not men of great means or advanced education,
but men who were uneducated, farm workers.
The Lord still sends His extraordinary, heavenly message today
to ordinary people, to you and me, to ordinary people in ordinary lives!)
"Do not be afraid.
I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people."
(As we contemplate the coming year,
no matter what we may face today or tomorrow,
no matter what causes us fear or concern or dread or hopelessness,
the Lord is still shouting forth His high and holy message to us,
His Good News of great joy,
that His appearance means we have nothing to fear,
that His plans over our lives are sovereign,
that His salvation is for every one of us,
and that His provision is for every situation!
May we be as wise as the shepherds of old
and firmly believe and trust in the message of truth
with which we have been entrusted today!)
In Christ's love,
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