Words from the Heart for Friday December 23rd, 2016
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)
The Angels Appear
When we see the work of God, there is one proper response – like the angels, we ought to worship and adore God. Praise God for His work of bringing peace into a troubled world. Ask the Lord to make you an agent of His peace today.
Although Canada’s women had served as nurses in earlier wars, they acquired formal recognition during World War I. In World War II more than 4,000 women served as nursing sisters in all three branches of Canada’s military service. Canada’s nursing sisters played a vital role in the care of wounded soldiers during World War I and II. Called “nursing sisters” because some of the earliest nurses belonged to religious orders, they were accorded the rank of lieutenant during World War I. The nurses were an integral part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps; the majority worked overseas in military hospitals and in casualty clearing stations. Often placed on the front-line, they ministered to injuries for which no one could have trained them, and they were seen as angels of compassion by the soldiers whose lives they saved.
I do love the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel. So do millions of others around the world who are celebrating Jesus’ birthday in a couple of days. It is filled with such wonder and heaven reaches down and touches the earth. Great writers have focused on this single event and there isn’t a nation on earth where Christmas isn’t celebrated in some way. Even in nations where Christianity is officially outlawed, God has His people quietly singing Christmas carols and celebrating the incarnation – God becoming one of us. But it isn’t just on earth that the arrival of Jesus was and is celebrated. Luke 2:13-14 says this: “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.’” All of heaven celebrated on that first Christmas. Angels in heaven proclaimed glory to God. Worship in heaven is going to be something we cannot even begin to imagine. When we worship here, in song, in service, in spoken word, we do so in faith. In heaven, worship is based on a face to face experience with the majestic and holy God of the universe. The angels and saints gathered there have already experienced Him in His fullness. A few on earth have done so in the past – shepherds, disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses, Isaiah. We long to worship Him face to face too.
These have been words from the heart.