Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God. . . Luke 2:13 (NIV)
Birthday candles make us smile. Porch lights scare away the darkness. The dawn of a new day promises hope.
Flambé desserts and fireflies delight us. Flashes of lightning and the night sky full of stars amaze us. A store-bought Christmas fir transforms into a magical tree with a simple string of lights.
Our eyes are drawn to the light. It warms us both inside and out. It assuages the lonely, the sad, and the lost.
If the familiar overwhelms us, how does one describe a sky filled with “a great company” of angels, a multitude of celestial beings lighting up the heavens announcing Jesus’s birth? How did the shepherds feel at such a sight?
Glorious? Terrified? Transformed?
Dear Lord: You are the promise of a new day. You are the light in the darkness. You are my beacon of hope, my ever present comfort. This Christmas season, I promise to make you the focus of my celebration. Amen