John Alley opens his message today with the scene described in Luke 2:1-20. The shepherds were terrified when the angel of the Lord appeared to them. Why were they afraid? They were afraid because suddenly And without warning the realm of the unseen opened before them and the glory of the Lord was all around. They were overwhelmed by a sense of the fear of the Lord. God appeared in the normal, earthy circumstance of everyday life. John then goes on to discuss the song that the angels sang, and to speak of other powerful songs that are recorded in holy Scripture, before discussing the mighty peace that God gives to those with whom He is pleased. This peace is not the comfort of the world, but it is a transforming peace which changes us. This message is as relevant to believers on any day as it is in the lead-up to Christmas.