Heaven’s Holy Hillside Announcement was finished. A sky once filled with the glory of singing angels…has now turned dark. But the message still rings strong: “Today a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the LORD.” But a message heard is not a message experienced. Like the Bethlehem shepherds, one has to “hurry to the manger”. The hope promised on a hillside had to be experienced in a manger.
Our LORD still promises hope that will banish our doubt, and a peace that stills our deepest inner struggles. We may not hear angelic choirs, but the good news of his liberating, releasing truth has a way of breaking into the darkness of our searching hearts. Our longing souls must “hurry to the manger”. We must let God’s heart-quieting peace become our everyday lived reality.
The shepherds could have discussed their encounter with heaven’s messengers. Or compared their differing reactions. But the angel had said “you’ll find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger’. It was an invitation to come and see. “Don’t just hear good news. Come experience it!”
Prayer – LORD, help me today to “come to the manger” – to both believe your promised peace and to live it. Amen
Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016