Glory to God
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
A young married couple played Mary and Joseph in the church’s Christmas Nativity play. The young woman had just recently given birth to a son. On cue, the parents walked on stage, and the young woman placed her infant in a manger there. It was a precious scene as these parents, role-playing Mary and Joseph, lovingly looked at their child in the manger.
I tried to imagine what it was like that first Christmas, when the real Mary placed the newborn Jesus in a manger. And as we sang “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” I thought about the announcement of this special birth. It was not in a church or on a stage; it was to shepherds in the fields outside Bethlehem. “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings (Good News) of great joy …Today in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).
The excitement was not limited to the congregation in one church; the angelic choir of heaven sang, “Glory to God in the highest highest …” Mary pondered and treasured the event. The shepherds came and went, glorifying and praising God. And all who heard the shepherds’ news were filled with awe and wonder.
This Christmas Day, may we also be filled with awe and wonderer and treasure in our hearts, and may we sing glory to God for the world-changing birth of Christ Jesus, the Lord!
Almighty and Eternal God, with the angels and shepherds I worship You, and thank You this Christmas day for the birth of Your Son, my precious Saviour. Help me to truly treasure Your Son in my heart. In His wonderful name, I pray. Amen.