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Grace Note for December 18, 2015

We see them in art and sing about them in many Christmas carols. So what role did angels play in the Christmas story?

The Christmas carols, “It Came upon the Midnight Clear,” “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Angels from the Realms of Glory” all speak about the presence of angels at the birth of Jesus. They are there to announce the glad tidings of great joy, and to proclaim good news. It is the angels who inform the shepherds that something wonderful is happening on that night in Bethlehem. The angels gathered as a multitude to worship the newborn king and proclaim peace throughout the land.

So why not remember the angels and remember to proclaim glad tidings and spread peace this Christmas. Because the Bible tells us in Hebrews 13:1-2, “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” As you hear or sing Christmas songs about angels, keep your eyes and ears open. Who knows? An angel just might be listening!

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