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“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.” Luke 2: 8-9

Life is full of rhythms, wrapped in seasons and set to a cadence so familiar we hardly notice anymore. The ordinary of life and expectations of our culture can distract and pull us away from what our hearts know is the real center of this season. Jesus. God in flesh came to walk our sod, know us intimately and redeem us from sin and death.

I love this part of the Christmas story because it is a glorious display of ordinary meets extraordinary. The humble shepherds faithfully tending to the mundane when, “BAM!” the glory of the Lord shone around them, proclaiming the Good News. There was no confusion on priorities or focus for these field dwellers. For in that ordinary moment the great light of God’s glory left them stunned in beautiful awe.

How might I make room for my own, “BAM,” moment this advent season? How do I grow in expectancy that God might want to speak a fresh word into my mundane and change everything? God’s glory might not come in a ruckus of rejoicing angels but the depth of His Good News still echoes in my heart this Christmas. Like the shepherds in their fields I hope that my response reflects the grandeur of the moment and gives God the glory He is due. For that Good News heralded years ago has made all the difference for me.

– Jenna