Friday, December 04, 2009

Advent Meditation
Day 7 - December 5, 2009

Day 7 – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
Scripture: Luke 2:8

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down, and glory shown around.

“Fear not,” said he—for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind—
“glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.

“To you, in David’s town this day, is born of David’s line,
the Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, and this shall be the sign;

“The heav’nly babe you there shall find to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swathing bands, and in a manger laid.”

Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, who thus addressed their joyful song.

“All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace;
good will henceforth, from heav’n to men, begin and never cease!”

Words to ponder: Note that as the shepherds watched, one angel came down and spoke words that had been prophesied: born in David’s town and Cborn in David’s line, the Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Do you wonder if the shepherds knew the prophecy? If so, would it have made them less afraid of the appearance of the angel? Note also that after the announcement, a shining throng sang praises to God. Do you remember how you felt when you first heard about Jesus?

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