There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. -Luke 2:8-9 NIV
I once heard that shepherds were a part of the lower class in ancient Israel. These were simple people who had no political influence or earthly power. It was to these who the angels first announced the birth of the Messiah. It was these humble workers who first heard the heavenly host proclaim the baby in a manager. I love this image of God visiting people such as these. It seemed to be such a prophetic look into the life of the Messiah - the one who hung out with the lowest of the low. It reminds me that God is not impressed by our wealth or stature. He comes to the humble.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.