Ray and I are still anticipating our whole family Christmas gathering, which we look forward to later this week. Yesterday we enjoyed worshipping with Mary Evelyn and her family before they came to our house for lunch and afternoon fun. As they prepared to leave, our two-year-old grandson hugged me goodbye. I put my arms around him and said, “Goodbye, Angel.”
At first, he walked away, but then he came back, looked up at me, and said, “I’m not angel. Angel is in the nativity.”
My Merry Christmas greeting to you this morning are the words of the “angel in the nativity,” when he suddenly stood before shepherds and the glory of the Lord shone around them.
The Song of the Angels by Thomas Moran,
engraved by Samuel Sartain.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
“Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy
which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David
there has been born for you a Savior,
who is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign for you:
you will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger.”