Words from the Heart for Friday December 24th, 2021
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
Glory To God
In her 1995 book The Glory of Ottawa, Carolyn Young takes the reader on an architectural tour of Canada’s first parliament buildings. In the early 1860s these remarkable buildings – particularly the monumental Centre Block, which was destroyed by fire in 1916, and the magnificent polygonal library – became a tangible symbol of Canada’s emerging nationhood and one of the most progressive and eclectic examples of the British secular Gothic Revival style. The finished buildings inspired a major movement in Canadian federal architecture.
I try to get my head around what it must have been like for the shepherds on the night that Jesus was born. It is Christmas Eve, and we who love the Lord Jesus will be focusing on his birth today, as we ought. What grips my heart today is that all that took place that evening was to bring glory to God. The shepherds sensed that and were certainly reminded of that by the heavenly host who appeared with the angels. Luke 2:13-14 described it this way: “Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’” Angels were used to proclaiming the glory of God – they did it constantly. But now the glory of God had come to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. No wonder the angels proclaimed this. As you prepare today to celebrate the arrival of Jesus on that first Christmas, take time to give God all the glory that there was this day in history, and in your own life, when Jesus came. Glory to God.
These have been words from the heart.