June 12 - Luke 2:13-14

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’”

Do those words conjure up images of children dressed in white robes with tinsel wrapped wings attached to their backs and tinsel halos surrounding their heads?

Since Dad was a pastor, I grew up in the midst of Christmas program chaos throughout my childhood – and even into adulthood.  Mom began writing Christmas programs and directing them long before I did much more than stand with my little Sunday school class and look cute while singing “Away in A Manger.”

No matter how many times I heard those words, though, my heart leapt at the arrival of a heavenly host, even if they were junior high girls who were more interested in looking pretty for their parents and grandparents.

Because with this arrival, the news of Jesus’ birth had just been brought to humanity. Every single time we approach Christmas and the reality of His birth sets in once again, I feel the same hope and expectation in my heart – that we have another opportunity to tell the world about His love.

Take the opportunity today to share the love that you know because of your relationship with Jesus.  Choose to be less judgmental and more loving; smile at a child, reach out and touch someone who seems to be untouchable, send a quick note to someone who might be feeling lonely, call an old friend, buy donuts for your fellow employees.  Show love, remember the excitement that surrounds you with the anticipation of remembering Christ’s birth.

Peace … on earth.  Bring it!