“Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing which has taken place...” – Luke 2:15
That song was a clarion call to action and the shepherds have to set out immediately. There seem to be no suggestions of waiting until dawn, of worrying about stray wolves or similar practical matters. They go with haste. Can you see them scrambling in the dark down that hillside, through the sleeping flocks, and out upon the starlit road. They have a mission and they will fulfill it with alacrity.
Shall we match our steps to theirs because we are bound for the same place where a Child has just been born?