An Advent Reading for Friday, December 15

Hymn 100, Angels We Have Heard on High

A great company … appeared with the angel … saying “Glory to God.” Luke 2:13-14 NIV

   Angels are known as messengers of God. Hebrews 1:14 (NIV) states; “Are not all angels ministering spirits…?” They are represented in the Bible as spiritual beings between God and man. Psalm 8:4 - 5 (KJV) says, “Thou hast made him [man] a little lower than the angels.” These spiritual beings guide and comfort people.
   After the angel appeared to the shepherds, they saw a host of angels singing and praising God. The third verse of “Angels We Have Heard on High” says, “Come to Bethlehem and see Christ, whose birth the angels sing. Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.”
   Did the lowly shepherds respond to the heavenly host? Yes. They showed great faith and decided to travel to see the baby.
   We know that angels appearing to the lowly shepherds tending their flocks of sheep symbolizes that Christ came to all people. God wanted us to know that His Son came to seek and save all the lost. 
   During our lifetime we may not see angels, but we must remember that they are present in our lives. They love us just as God does. We must accept, in faith, the guidance, comfort, and protection of angels.
   Have you ever started in one direction with an important decision and felt the need to change your thought? Have you felt comfort during a difficult time? Have you been afraid and experienced peace because you knew that God’s angels were protecting you?
   Will we, like the shepherds, trust the angels and follow their lead to bring glory to God?

Margaret Carmichael