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Front Row Seat

I have to make a confession. Neither Carl nor I like the night time. I don’t like driving in the dark and you won’t see Carl or I walking after the sun has set. But if there was to be an exception, it would have to be during the Christmas season when many have their houses lit up with glowing lights.


My distaste for the darkness of night gives me more respect for the shepherds that spent night after night tending to their sheep. Instead of being nestled in their beds they were out in the fields protecting their livestock from the dangers of the dark.

As we all have probably experienced in the darkness, shadows take on a life of their own. We can think we see something but in the light, it ends up being nothing but an overblown imagination.

But this was different. Instead of a shadow, an angel surrounded by a brilliant light appeared among the shepherds. Their initial reaction was a deep seated fear of this heavenly being. But as quickly as the fear set in, the angel comforted them with words that would be remembered for the rest of time.

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12.

As the shepherds were digesting these words, what happened next sealed their belief that this was truly from God. “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.” Luke 2:13-14.

And sure enough, the shepherds left the field and found the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. After seeing the baby, they were so filled with joy that they couldn’t stop talking about the child and what the angel had told them.

Why did God have his angels appear to these shepherds? What was it about these men that gave them a front row seat to the most incredible event of mankind? Weren’t shepherds considered unreliable and on the bottom of the social ladder? Weren’t shepherds unable to enter the temple because they were considered unclean?

Humble hearts. These men were chosen for their humble hearts. Even today, God doesn’t choose the prideful man with everything this world can offer. Instead He seeks out the ordinary. The ones that have a hunger in their hearts for the truth.

Just the other night, I was driving through a neighborhood with all the lights of Christmas all around me. As I rode in awe of the lights that portrayed different interpretations of Christmas, I couldn’t help but think how pale it all was compared to the brilliance of the glory of God that lit up the skies on that night so many years ago.




It’s Dark

It’s dark. So dark if I didn’t know better, I would think I had a mask over my eyes. My hands are fumbling for the light switch. Knowing with the trip of the switch, light will aluminate throughout the room and I will be able to find my way. Finally, my hand locates the switch and it is flipped to the on position. But instead of experiencing the light I was so hoping for, all that is upon me is the unsettling feeling of being bound by the darkness.

So often in life we can be bound by the darkness of this world. Everything can appear lit up and easily seen but in reality we are blinded forever searching for enlightenment and clarity. We fuel this darkness by ignoring the truth and fumbling through using only human energy and the shallow instincts of the heart.  Our minds are held hostage by social network and the huge televisions that are hung in most rooms of our houses. And when we actually interact with people, the conversations seem to ride upon the surface, hardly ever digging through into the core of what is truly meaningful.

When reading the Bible, Jesus claims to be the light, the truth and the way. If he truly is light, then why do we continue to fumble around in our own state of darkness? Has Jesus been replaced with the need to be independent and self-sufficient? Has arrogance and pride kept most from looking past their selves to the true meaning of our existence? My hope is that more will seek out the spiritual realm that can only be found in the words of one man that defied all principles of humanity and actually survived death.

How cool is it to think that he didn’t just survive death but gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to live within our inner soul? If only we would ignite this Spirit by drawing close to God the Creator and his only begotten son. Then and only then will we experience life as it was designed to be.