"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night."
I never saw it before. How many times have I read or heard this verse and not noticed? The shepherds were LIVING in the fields. Not hanging out during the day and then going home to be with their families. LIVING. Sleeping on the ground, hopefully not near sheep dung, out in whatever weather there was.
Now, I like camping...and sheep...but living like that doesn't sound pleasant to me. But they did it. To keep their sheep safe. Because they loved them.
All this going on right next to the place where God--Immortal, Invisible God--was actually becoming visible in the form of a baby boy. He left His home, His throne, to LIVE among us.
Because He loved us. Loves us still.
Will we let Him? Let Him love us and protect us from mortal danger, as sheep allow their shepherds to protect them? We need Him. We may not know it or see it (yet) but we do. Let Him love you. Let Him protect you.
"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
He did. He does. Amen.