“Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
‘Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!’
“When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.’ And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” Luke 2:4-20
They were just out doing what they’d always done, guarding their sheep. Night in, night out, same robes, sandals, and well-worn staffs, weary but vigilant, the shepherds kept watch over their very livelihood. One moment of dozing, one distraction, could mean one of their own would become prey, and another loss to the bottom line. On an ordinary night, with a smatter of stars the only light for watching the shadows, the unthinkable occurred. Almighty God appeared in unimaginable glory and announced good news for all people through His angelic host.
Our Lord longs to break into our everyday and stamp it with His glory. Every insight and decision, our small comings and goings and petty words thought and spoken, each minute that ticks by- His good news makes a difference in all. Christ’s resplendence breaks into our ordinary and makes it extraordinary when we are filled with His Spirit and intent on seeing Him shine.
As we go about everyday routine, would we take the gloom and look how God might blaze His splendor on it? In everything we use and say and do, will we seek to display His joy and proclaim His peace? (Zechariah 14:21)
Lord, may I faithfully bring holy wonder into my ordinary by glorifying and praising You at every step.