Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Luke 2:8-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Shepherds and the Angels
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,[b] praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”[c]
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
The shepherds were in the fields keeping watch over their flocks. It was nighttime and an angel of God appeared and terrified them at first. They were simply going about their business when they had their powerful experience of God. It’s that way sometimes. We are simply going about our business, doing the same kinds of things we always do and all of sudden we experience the Divine—right there in the middle of business as usual!
The shepherds remind us that when it came to delivering the greatest message on earth, God chose amateurs and nobodies instead of professionals and VIPs. The message to the shepherds was, “I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” It is good news for all the people!
Years ago, the superstar baseball player, Hank Aaron, was checking into a hotel. The young desk clerk told him they were full and there were no rooms available. However, the hotel manager recognized the Hall of Famer. He rushed over to the desk clerk and said, “Don’t you know who this is? This is the great Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves. He just broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record.”
“Oh, I’m terribly sorry, Mr. Aaron,” said the desk clerk. “Of course we can find a room for you.” And then he said, “Why didn’t you tell me you were somebody?”
Hank Aaron’s response said it all: “Son, everybody is somebody!”
What a great reminder: Everybody is Somebody! God comes into the world for everybody!
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster