Scripture for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Luke 2:8-16 (ESV)

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

Lord God, thank You for appearing to the shepherds—ordinary, working men doing their ordinary work. You did not show Yourself to kings or rich men, but to the least of those in the society of the day. As a result, we know that You care about each of us, ordinary people doing our ordinary work. You sent Jesus to us for our salvation. May we see the glory in the skies rather than the ordinariness of our world and worship the Lord, our Savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In His name. Amen.

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