Have You Heard?

by Al Bates


And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  

Luke 2:13-14 (NAS)

Christmas is a wonderful time of year for almost everyone. Every Christmas, since I can remember, I’ve heard joyful sounds of mankind’s celebration of Christ’s birth. Like the chime of bells, and choirs sing Joy To The World and other songs of praise to God; music played in malls to celebrate the season; the rustle of paper as gifts are wrapped; those knocks at the door or its bell rings the arrival of family; the sound of laughter and excitement of children while they unwrap and enjoy their gifts; and the silence around the table that precedes the offer of prayer to thank God for His grace, the food, and family fellowship.

Many sounds we hear at Christmas connect with joyous events. The event described in Luke chapter two stirs my thoughts regarding the sound from heaven. During my years, I’ve heard glorious sounds from many choirs. However, it’s beyond my imagination how glorious a sound the shepherds must have experienced, when they heard the angel announce the birth of our Savior and the heavenly host praising God.


            Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus and your angel’s announcement of His birth. Thank you for my ability to hear and enjoy the sounds of Christmas and to celebrate my Savior throughout the year.


(250 Words)

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