Matthias Stomer, Adoration of the Shepherds wikipedia

This painting from 1650 reflects its time. The clothing and skin colour of those pictured place this image some distance from the original events of Jesus' birth, not to mention Jesus' glow-in-the-dark-ness! But what captivates me about this beautiful painting is the faces of the shepherds. There is no distance here between these visitors and the baby. They lean right in. Their faces show wonder and awe, caught in the glow of divinity. This painting is called 'Adoration of the Shepherds', and it sure captures that. 

Let's be like the shepherds. Lean in, draw close. Allow the moment to soak into our hearts. 
Let's be people of adoration, who once again find ourselves in the presence of Immanuel, God with us. 


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