The night baby Jesus was born, a choir of Angels appeared to some shepherds. Shepherds were considered dirty and unclean. They were the lowest of the classes, unclean, outcasts. They had a very dirty job. They weren’t invited into fine homes for dinner nor were they allowed into the Temple to worship God because of how they smelled. Although they could never enter the Temple, on Christmas night God came to them in the fields of Bethlehem, a sheep town. His glory embraced them on their filthy hillside. Their sandals, filled with sheep dung, slapped to the beat of angel wings announcing our Savior’s birth. The Shepherds did not have to clean their sandals to see God’s glory. God left the Temple and came to them! In other words, God is not
looking for perfect people or the right moment or proper place to meet them. God can show up anywhere, in a backyard, on a hillside, at the altar. God is looking for simple people with open hearts. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth Shalom and goodwill…! (Lk. 2:13, 14).