8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to 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. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
15 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.”
Sorry this is late, we have been in Grassington all weekend. There is not a drop of phone reception or WiFi – it was amazing! We were staying in a little cottage surrounded by fields. Whilst out walking after dark I noticed that one farmer had decorated an actual stable as a nativity scene, which really put things into context. In these times of instant communication – text messages, whatsapp, imessage, skype, etc, sometimes a serious message requires a serious medium. The host on a sunday radio show this morning commentated that she had received an actual letter from a listener, sent in an envelope with a stamp. This was unusual enough to stand out. In an ancient time when messages took days, weeks and months to travel to the recipient, big news required a big effort to communicate, something special to remember. Maybe the heavenly host is the ultimate message delivery medium for the ultimate message.