Come to the Hillside

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them?
Psalm 8:3-4
What was it like to have been on that hillside with the shepherds? 
Having returned to East Texas, recently, I am renewed with enthusiasm for star gazing. Here in the piney woods, the night skies are deep and clear and I see so many stars that it overwhelms me! But there are places even darker than these hills, where one can see hundreds, or even thousands more stars, planets, meteors and man-made orbiters.
My thoughts often turn to the shepherds on the hillside the night Christ was born. They were accustomed to seeing the vastness of the night sky, but then something else appeared to them. An angel…and then a multitude of angels! Scripture doesn’t elaborate, but says only that they “said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about'” (Luke 2:15 NIV). That sounds very calm for what must have been a life-changing experience! During these busy days, I challenge you to take a moment, or two or three, to go outside on a clear wintry night and allow yourself to be awed by the work of God’s fingers. You may even see an angel!
Rebecca McHenry
Father God, thank You for the gift of Jesus
and the sign He gave us of Your great love.

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