I’m getting into the Christmas spirit…
Yesterday, walking across campus at Lubbock Christian, I could hear Christmas carols (actually, the songs were emanating from the speakers attached to the roof of the student center but stay with me on this). The wind was strong and cold out of the north, leaves were on the ground, it was the last day of my class for the Fall Semester, and people were sending their final Christmas wishes before the break. Christmas was in the air.
These thoughts brought to mind this image I stumbled upon years ago. It was painted by Daniel Bonnell and is titled: “Seeing Shepherds”
Luke 2:8ff: 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. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Could you imagine what that must have looked like? I think Bonnell captured the moment quite nicely.
Christmas was in the air.