The Shepherds and the Angels - A Reflection for the Third Day of Christmas

The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Luke Chapter 2: 

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before 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; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah,[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,[b] praising God and saying,14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

Today’s Reflection from Lisa

I have some dear friends who are atheist. I love them a lot, we just disagree on the existence of God. I have been told by several atheists that they need to have proof to believe. Maybe a sky full of singing angels would do the trick. Which makes me wonder, why were these shepherds chosen. I've always assumed it was because they had a very humble job, but maybe it was something more. Maybe these particular shepherds were very devout. Maybe they spent time with God during the many times that surely weren't very exciting during their work. Maybe they prayed together and looked for signs of God in the world. Maybe the angels couldn't be seen by eyes that weren't looking for them. 

Do we train our eyes to see the action of God in the world?

I would like to think I do, given that my calling keeps me thinking about such things. But I feel I could do a better job. During these days of Christmas, let's challenge ourselves to look for the ways that God might be speaking to us; actively ask that we might be made aware of something God doesn't want us to miss. If we attune ourselves to God, maybe we will see more of the miraculous.


The Rev. Lisa Hannah is the pastor of Mars Hill United Methodist Church.

Located adjacent to Mars Hill University in Madison County, Mars Hill United Methodist Church welcomes every child of God without exception.

You are welcome here. Learn more at