Imagine going about your daily activities of life — school, shopping, work, dining — and suddenly the sky around you bursts into song: a voice here, a voice there, until the entire sky is filled with powerful harmonies singing repeatedly the same set of lyrics, delivering a message.
What would you do? Sit slack-jawed! Complain? Hide? Join in? Call the authorities? Utter a sentence starting with “What the…”?
The shepherds tending flocks on the silent night on the hills above Bethlehem faced this situation. In their case, “What the…?” may not have been an unreasonable response, especially since shepherds were considered lower than blue collars, and even though the “authorities” were the chorus of Heavenly Host and voices of angels who announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah and calmed them with messages to not be afraid.
The composers of…
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