The traditional Christmas story feels somewhat out of touch in our current stage of economic progress. Very much apart from present everyday experiences.
Except for a few countries, there are no shepherds tending their sheep by night. No one to see angels announcing news of great joy. Nor an angelic host praising God with song.
Or might there be a modern day version of this event?
Not of shepherds tending flocks, but shoppers reviewing lists. A very busy, packed department store of last minute consumers seeking just the right gifts.
Not voices from afar but the growing impression of a musical sound. And then suddenly an angelic choir, seemingly everywhere and nowhere, surrounding the crowd with exultation.
Yes, it did happen. Really. And with modern iPhones, the whole event was captured for all to witness. Some were stunned with awe. Others sang along with the joyful noise. Some hugged their neighbors.
No one continued shopping. It was too powerful an experience to continue with everyday tasks. It interrupted immediate intentions and changed the sense of where everyone was at that time.
All shared this rejoicing in the midst of a very busy time.
You can feel the emotion in the event. And experience it, as the glory of Christmas captures everyone, at least for a moment. The smiles, the sense of exultation. The wonderment !
Merry Christmas on this and every day.