In the fullness and busyness of the Christmas season, I was just reflecting on Luke 2 as I spent some time sharing with 5th grade boys about the Christmas story from Joseph’s perspective, and the trust and faith he demonstrated through his life. We finished our time by watching the “Shepherds and Stars” music video, a piece I composed in 2009 for the award winning album December Peace (2009 Best Holiday Album, ZMR Music Awards). This video can be viewed at https://www.stantonlanier.com/videos/default.php
Two thoughts come to mind from the account of the angel telling the shepherds that a Savior had been born to them, followed by the night sky filling with countless angels, a great company of the heavenly host, saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 1) The shepherds decided that the event described to them was worth a visit, and 2) We are all “shepherds in the field” going about our lives, and God wants to encounter us, to speak into our lives, during this time of year, which can be stressful and busy. Remember to “Be still and know that I am God” this Christmas (Psalm 46:10).