I doubt the shepherds were expecting middle of the night visitors. Luke says they were greatly afraid.
Yet they way they chose to react even in their fear is a model for us what it looks like to become more like Christ.
What do I do with the information I now know?
What if I don’t have to reconcile same same but different? What if the tension is actually a good thing?
As I prepare my own heart for Christmas, am I willing to let the unexpected go from being fear-worthy to praise-worthy?
Plus something new I learned about the Christmas story while I was in Israel that the original hearers would have known and we totally miss.
Next week we’re back with a special guest.