Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on December 1, 2013.
Reading: Luke 1: 26-38 (Click to read text)
Reflection: As we prepare for another Christmas season, I am reminded of angels. It was the angel Gabriel who told Mary that she would bear Christ. Angels later proclaimed His birth to shepherds abiding in the fields by night. We are told of angels in many of the carols we sing this time of year: Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing over the plains by signing, “Gloria in excelisis deo;” the first Noel, the angel did say “Born is the king of Israel;” angels from the realms of glory telling us to come and worship the newborn king.
I’m sure Mary and the shepherds were quite surprised and afraid when the angel came into their life. We would be, too, if that happened to us today. But as have seen, angels tell good news from God that lasts for generations. –-Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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