Hear the Angels
Photo* by Connie Offutt
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!"
And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way
with painful steps and slow,
look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
and hear the angels sing!
“It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” by Edmund Sears (1849)
December 21 is the day of the year with the least amount of daylight. On this day, remember people who have trouble enjoying this holiday season, including those who are sick, grieving, unemployed, depressed, or struggling with some other difficulty. Consider how you might offer the love and hope of Christ to someone who is in a painful situation this Christmas.
*Photo taken at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center