I am so thrilled the very talented artist Mary Morganelli gave me permission to show off her beautiful “On High’ angel painting in this dessert plate I designed. I just love it! It feeds my eyes and heart with joy, peace and beauty.
It also takes me to that first Christmas when the angel visited the shepherds with the good news found in Luke 2:8-14
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
That hallelujah scene is a favourite nativity moment for many of us. The choir of angels bursting in praise moves us to lift our hands to heaven with overflowing joy. Our saviour has come! Along with the promise of peace, great joy, and hope.
What happens next is what spoke to me louder than ever when I read the account of that night the other day.
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished
The shepherds went to Bethlehem. You mean they weren’t already there, just around the corner, a few minutes away from the stable? They hurried. At night. With flocks of sheep. To see a baby. Dropping everything to behold the lamb of God.
As I pictured those shepherds on that holy night I saw their presence in a new light. I saw a place for us in the Christmas story. Like them, aren’t we called to respond in the same way with the good news the Lord has told us about? To go the distance to meet our saviour face to face. Seek God in flesh who came down from heaven to bring peace on earth. Then go tell everyone about this child who will bring joy to all people. The astonishing story of love born in a manger long ago and choosing to live in our hearts this very day.
If you’ve ever wondered what ‘glory to God in the highest’ really means you’ll love this post by Holley Gerth . It’s amazing! She also shares why you don’t have to be on the ‘nice’ list in this week’s link-up. So let’s head on over to her site for some Christmas cheer and enjoy lots more encouraging Coffee for Your Heart together.
Thank you Holley Gerth
for the Coffee for Your Heart image