Luke 2: 9-11
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 of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” NIV
As I continue to work my way through the listings of the word, “fear” in my King James concordance, looking for synonyms for worry, I have come to this passage, which is one of my very favorites.
Each year, on Christmas Eve when we were little, and, even now on Christmases when are blessed to be together, my family would gather beside the lighted Christmas tree just before bedtime, and my father would read the Christmas story from Luke 2.
Each time he reads it, I feel the fear and the wonder that the shepherds must have felt at the arrival of the angel. And, each year, I experience again the thrill of the good news that shall be for all people — Christ was born.
As I’ve walked this path over the last seven months or so, looking for reminders not to worry, this simple fact is the biggest reason of all. Christ came … and He is coming again.
That’s what I’ll think about today.