Serendipitous shepherds mark watch over their flock of sheep by the tilt of the stars. Each night the clock moves horizon to horizon. This night, shepherds remark on the brightest star stopped over Bethlehem. It is a starline announcement.
An Angel appears and scares these lowly shepherds. Next, a multitude of Angels sing:
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom He favors!” (Luke 2)
Never did each shepherd suspect that God favors them! Then they got it. This is not just for them but for the World. Almighty God is favoring humanity today through the Babe Messiah. What a wonder! 'Let's go see the wonderous Babe?!' So they're off running, tumbling down hills in their haste, and enthusiastically squealing with joy. The Peace will be passed to them when they see Him.
Star light is getting brighter a they draw near the manger. God's presence is fuller now. Finding Him in the manger, Mary picks up His tiny form. She leans near to show His face and smiles radiantly. Shepherds have never stood so still with mouths dropped open until this day. This birthday of Christ Messiah is quite remarkable as they whisper together, "Glory to God in the highest heaven!"
8 Now in that same region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you Good News of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them, 19 and Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them.