Angels: Announcing what we can’t see
-Pastor Melissa Fain-
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 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!”
Luke 3:8-14 NRSV
Did you know the Bible is full of angels, and they have many different jobs? There are angels that worship, and angels that fight. There are angels that protect, and (like the angels related to Christmas) angels that announce.
Announcements are meant to tell us something we don’t already know. Yeah, we might know a wedding is happening or baby is being born, but an announcement tells us when and where. Even if the event has already taken place, an announcement brings a group of people together to react to the news.
There are so many announcements the angels give around the Christmas story. An angel appeared to Zachariah to tell him his wife, Elizabeth, was pregnant. An angel told Mary she was pregnant with Jesus. An angel visited Joseph in a dream to tell him not to leave Mary. An angel warned Mary and Joseph to leave Bethlehem, announcing they were no longer safe.
God moments happen all the time in this world. They can go unnoticed, and part of being a Christian is being the angelic presence to announce them. Making an announcement is an important part of the story. God events deserves more. People must know how amazing the event was. Go out and share!
Question: What are some ways we can share God’s good news?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for announcing our presence. Sometimes it can be difficult to see. Amen.
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