"So they [the shepherds] hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told" (Luke 2:16-20 NIV).
The shepherds give us a wonderful example of Christmas living after Christmas! They spread the word concerning what they had been told about Jesus! The story contained, I'm sure the recounting of the fear turned to awe at seeing and hearing the angel and then the host of angels!
Not only were the shepherds amazed, but those who heard their story were as well! Isn't that how the Good News spreads? We share our excitement, awe and joy with anyone who will listen! The shepherds continued to praise God after they had seen Jesus.
They glorified Him for choosing them--lowly, dirty, smelly souls who were looked down upon in 'proper society'--to be the first to hear the Good News!
This is our example for living after Christmas. We are to continue to glorify and praise God. Then we are to retell the story, as often as we can, to anyone who will listen.
My prayer is that you will be amazed today, by the inconceivable truth that God came to earth to walk among us.
Blessings on your journey,