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Wild Night: What Next?

by in Soul Food

"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 2:20)

I wonder sometimes what happened to those shepherds. How did their lives change after that wild night? After seeing all those angels? After worshipping the Creator of the universe in the body of an infant? What next? Do you just go back to living in the field, keeping watch over the flock at night?

I guess what you do for a living after meeting the Messiah isn't as important as what you do with your heart and your mind. The shepherds response that night was to go back to the sheep -- while giving praise and glory to God.

Christmas Day has passed for us, and soon we will all go back to school and work and regular life. But what we celebrate at Christmas has changed everything forever. Hopefully, we'll go back glorifying and praising God even more than we normally do because our King was born and lived and died and then came to life again forever.

Think: Does the Christmas season help you to refocus on praising and glorifying God? Do you tend to return to your everyday life with that worship fresh in your heart and mind? Why or why not?

Pray: Ask God to help you to respond to the true story of Christmas with praise and glory for Him.

Do: Read the rest of Luke 2 to catch two rare glimpses of Jesus as a child.

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