Day 22. December 22, 2019
Nativity Companion: The Angel
God, might we be opened to your visitations through angels unaware. Might we then go and see and treasure up all that you reveal to us. AMEN.
Luke 2:13-20 (NRSV).
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Reflection from Jane Steinke
Journal Entry: Angels Visiting the Shepherds
Date: Unknown (Since So Much Happened
in the Span of Multiple Days!)
Today has been really crazy! I am not even sure where to begin, but I guess it all began when God sent my friend Gabriel to a woman named Mary and that God picked her to give birth to God’s son. What an honor for Gabriel to be picked to not only visit Mary, but to visit Joseph too! Gabriel must be doing a really good job to be picked for such important work!
I felt as if I would not get to take part of this glorious moment; Being able to share with the humans on earth this great news that God’s son will be living among them! Luckily God needed not only Gabriel to help, but a whole company of us angels to share this news with some shepherds. At first, I was confused because why would shepherds need to know this news? They spend time with their little sheep out in the fields, not in the town surrounded by people.
Our task was to go and tell the shepherds so that they could spread the news! Hmm wait, so I guess that means we were messengers to the messengers on earth, I suppose! When we appeared to them, we really gave them a fright, sheep started baaing in confusion and the shepherds were so shocked! An angel (oh no I forgot his name!) started off by calming them down and speaking to them.
He emphasized his joyous news! Right after he had finished, the rest of us angels joined in singing
“Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.”
Wow that was really short, but I am relieved that the shepherds listened to our words and spread the news.
When baby Jesus was born, the shepherds and their little sheep got the opportunity to visit him! What a blessing! I can’t believe that us angels got to participate in the birth of God’s son!
Nothing in heaven or on earth can beat this happy occasion. Well I better get going, but I hope to return when there is time.
Questions for Consideration.
Closing Prayer and Poem
I have refused to live
locked in the orderly house of
reasons and proofs.
The world I live in and believe in
Is wider than that. And anyway,
what’s wrong with Maybe?
You wouldn’t believe what once or
twice I have seen. I’ll just
tell you this:
only if there are angels in your head will you
ever, possibly, see one.
Mary Oliver, “The World I Live In” from Felicity
God, open our eyes and heart to live in the wonder of your world that we might see angels and hear your invitations to our lives. Fill us with wonder and delight at the goodness of your love and life. In Christ’s name, AMEN.