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.
Reflecting on this beautiful passage from Luke, I wonder how the shepherds must have felt as they went with haste to Bethlehem.
Haste (Merriam-Webster) is defined as quickness in movement or action, implies urgency and precipitancy and often rashness. Isn’t that how we feel this time of year, overwhelmed with urgency to complete the decorating, shopping and baking? I heard a comment the other day, “I can’t wait till this is all over!” I picture dangling decorations, empty wrapping paper and cookie crumbs!
I then think about what the shepherds found at the end of their journey, God’s gift to us, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Blessings to you and your family this Christmas!