And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The shepherds by night keeping watch over their flock seem to reflect the perils of leadership in this present darkness. As leaders of the world grapple with leadership in this hour of death, darkness, and gloom, we need the intervention and interruption by the light of Christ to break through this present darkness and lead humanity in His marvelous light. Will the world cry out to the Savior for His light and guidance or will they instead reach for more darkness to try to hide from the light of the Savior of the world?