I can't even imagine what the shepherds were thinking. I would have been terrified most likely. I'm a reason-it-out kind of girl and this would have been way too much for me to take in. Overwhelmed doesn't cover it. But the angel comforted them saying, "Do not be afraid." Amazing that God even accounted for their fear when He sent his messengers.
Then as if one angel wasn't amazing enough, a whole company of angels appeared. Incredible. I wonder what they looked like. I wonder what they sounded like. Many writers and artists have their interpretations. And I can't help but think about how far beyond their descriptions the sight and sounds of that night were.
One of my favorite Christmas hymns describes the angels singing their message: