Daily Dose, Dec. 24 — Sounds of the Season: Christmas Songs

 

LISTEN TO “ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH”

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see -- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:8-14) The advent of the Internet has brought about some interesting things, to say the least. One thing that seems to have risen in popularity is people striving to make big announcements in unique ways. Many times, these announcements deal with welcoming a child into the world. There are gender reveal parties, and I’ve seen cute, fun and interesting ways that people choose to let the world know they’re expecting. As creative as people have gotten, they still can’t hold a candle to God, the master announcement maker! When the time came for Jesus to be born into the world, God summoned heaven’s power and majesty to help make the announcement. Can you imagine being one of those shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem? For all of your life, you had watched the night sky…and the most interesting things you had seen were the stars and the moon as they made their path across the inky darkness. That all changed when God had a big announcement to make. The angels spread across the skies, and I can imagine that the sound the shepherds heard (much like what they were seeing with their eyes) was unlike anything they had ever experienced. A savior was coming. And for us, a Savior HAS come! Gloria in excelsis Deo! Glory to God in the highest. Let’s pay attention to how God continues to make this announcement through the whole world. -- Rev. Brad Greene