Posted by: Larry Hoekman | December 23, 2016

Christmas — This Is Us?

Day 2620: Today’s my annual ‘go out and buy a few stocking stuffers’ shopping day! I sing and whistle and show the Christmas spirit while many harried, last minute shoppers rush around and aren’t quite so happy!

Scripture: And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”  Luke 2:13, 14

Thoughts/questions: Parts of the carol, Angels We Have Heard On High.

“Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains. And the mountains in reply, echoing their joyous strain.

Glo, o, o, o , o oh; o, o, o, o, oh; o, o, o, o, oria (my favorite part), in excelsis Deo! (Latin for Glory to God in the highest!)

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong? What the gladsome tidings be, which inspire your heav’nly song?

Glo, o, o, o , o oh; o, o, o, o, oh; o, o, o, o, oria, in excelsis Deo!”

The angels changed the lives of the shepherds with their proclamation regarding the Good News of Jesus. The shepherds response was ‘jubilee,’ ‘joyous songs,’ and ‘their heav’nly song.’

A new hit TV series in the U.S. is ‘This Is Us’ and my question today is this, ‘when you, as a Christ follower, read the response of the shepherds, can you look at your life and state that ‘this is us’ or would you have to say ‘that was them, and this is me?’

Let’s all join the shepherds with an attitude of jubilee and with songs of joy! The Good News of Jesus is the same for us all, so ‘this is us’ is where we want to be! Glory to God in the highest!

Suggested prayer: Lord Jesus, may I always experience the joy of what You have done for me . . .

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