“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 manager.” Luke :10-12
Pamela Kennedy writes a beautiful story of the Christmas angel that is sent to make the announcement of the birth of Jesus. In her story, the angel wonders how God would introduce the Only Begotten. Perhaps it would be in a mighty temple with row upon row of priests praising God and blowing trumpets. Maybe there would be a tremendous earthquake or tidal wave. He felt sure there would be something magnificent and wonderful for the Only Begotten.
When the call came, it was not at all what he expected. He was to take a multitude of angels to a dark hillside outside a little town called Bethelem and make an announcement to a small group of poor men tending their sheep. He again questioned this but remembered there would be a star….just one star over an animal shelter, behind an inn, on a back alley in Bethelem. He summoned a company of angels and led them to the hillside. The shepherds fell on the ground and quaked. He assured and reassured them and led the angelic chorus as they sang: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men.”
The other angels returned to heaven but he stayed behind and gazed at the little family surrounded by sleeping cows and sheep. Suddently a solitary word flashed in his mind…LOVE. Here in this humble setting. The Only Begotten had left the glories of heaven to bring true love to humanity…a love that could never be confined. He bowed in reverence before the tiny one lying in Mary’s arms and the angel whispered “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
This was Mother’s favorite angel. She had many but Dad gave her this one as a gift. It has a permanent place all year long in my home.
Holy, Holy, Holy
I love the sights, the sounds, the smells of the season, I love perfectly wrapped packages and those delivered in the bag they were purchased. I love the trimming of the tree and the faces of children, and the excitement of seeing friends and family. Deep inside my heart is the perfect gift..the birth of Christ. True peace and joy are found only in Christ. The Lord God not only lives and reigns but He is intimately involved in every circumstance of our lives. Thank you, Precious Lord. Let us be overjoyed again at your birth!
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