The sheepherders left, running.
Luke 2:13-18 NIV
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.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Running. Can you imagine being there the day that God came down, the day that God was born a man? Can you imagine how the world changed that very moment? So few truly grasped the immensity of this event yet were not shy to follow their conviction, and to see the miracle at hand.
Think upon your children. Their eyes light up at the sight of shiny bulbs upon a tree. They laugh at the thought of late night cookies and wrapping paper thrown about a room. Racing to great loved ones, cramming in just one more jolly movie, and the transforming magic of pageantry all illuminate a hurried season for those little ones. But in the stillness of a chilly midnight, where are our hearts, what do we long for?
Memories and traditions are so important, but eternity, that’s the end goal. Not the filled stockings or the carols sung to our neighbors, but the true light of the season is what we should be running after.
Grab those children’s hands and run straight towards the truth, to the Messiah. As you move in the light, tell your neighbors, and sing the joy of this love come down to your loved ones. Hide these things deep in your hearts, and let them permeate your beings.
Be as Mary. Believe and hide these truths deep down.
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.