The Angel —(Mary Fisher)

The Angel —(Mary Fisher)

December 20th– The Angel


5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Lk. 2:5-7)

Reflection (Mary Fisher):

People are funny when it comes to angels. They sure love us, especially at Christmas. They even collect images of us. Some are elegant, some are powerful. And some look like pudgy, impish toddlers– adorable and harmless. 

And yet, when people see an angel, their reaction is fear– abject terror

Every. Single. Time. 

I suppose it’s understandable. Angels are divine beings… messengers from God. And if a message is sent by an angel, usually it’s going to turn your life upside down. God has a way of doing that.

And that’s what happened with Mary. After an angel appeared and told her she would bear the Son of God, the trajectory of her life changed forever. An angel visited Zechariah, and all of the sudden the barren Elizabeth had a son! Even the shepherds were visited by angels! Yes, they returned to their flocks and fields afterwards. Outwardly, their lives may have looked the same. But inwardly– in their hearts– these shepherds were never the same. For the rest of their lives, they lived with the memory of a night sky filled with the heavenly host. They forever felt the glow of the child they visited that night. They knew that they had received a message from the Lord Most High. 

How could they not be transformed? 

I might only be one angel. I might be only one part of the heavenly host. But by delivering God’s message, and by filling the skies, I take part in God’s transformation. I love my job!


What does it mean to be a part of God’s transformation?


God of Creation, let us wait with eagerness and expectation for you, and see you where you already are, that we might be a part of your work in the world. In Jesus name, Amen.

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