It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Chapter 12, Page 13, Book 15

It is the Christmas time:
And up and down 'twixt heaven and earth,
In glorious grief and solemn mirth,
The shining angels climb.
Dinah Maria Mulock

December 13th - thankful for angels in my life

There have been angels in my life,
While they haven't arrived with a blast of trumpets
Or a rustle of wings, I've known them just the same.

They performed their acts in human guise,
Sometimes borrowing the faces of family and friends,
Sometimes in the form of a stranger lending a hand.

You have known them, too,
When just the right word was needed,
When a tiny act of kindness made a great difference.

Or perhaps you heard a voice whispering in the night of sorrow,
The words not quite clear but the meaning unmistakable:
There is hope, There is hope.

May your angels watch over you
And always keep you safe
And whisper in your ear
To banish hate and fear.

Author Unknown 

Placing angel ornaments on top of Christmas trees or on their evergreen branches is a beloved holiday tradition. Just look at the trees around you this Christmas season, and you'll see a huge variety of angels: shiny metallic angels that reflect Christmas tree lights, fabric angels that kidshave crafted with loving care, fragile glass or porcelain angels that have been passed down through generations

Angels We Have Heard on High
a traditional French carol

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Angels played an important role in the first Christmas. Gabriel, the archangel of revelation, informed the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ on Earth, an angel visited Joseph in a dream to tell him that he would serve as Jesus' father on Earth, and a vast amount of angels appeared in the sky over Bethlehem to announce and celebrate Jesus' birth as the world's savior.  When God really wants to make a point, expect angels to make it.  Their music never ceases. Nor will ours if we remember theirs.

Love was born at Christmas, Stars and angels gave the sign

 Christina Rossetti

Often, people place angels on the very top of their Christmas trees to symbolize the significance of the angels who appeared high above Bethlehem to joyfully announce Jesus' birth on the first Christmas. If they don't use an angel ornament as a tree topper, they usually used a star, to represent the bright star that appeared in the sky to guide people to Jesus' birthplace.

The picture above is one that I’ll always treasure and was taken quite awhile ago as these to grandchildren are now teenagers. My star and angel.

Never doubt there are angels among us.

The Bible says, Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.  Maybe an angle is with you today.


jack69 said...

Ahhh yes lady, I know what you mean. We are enjoying some angels who have thrilled and blessed our lives....

betty said...

How cute with the star and angel from Christmases of long ago :) I like most of the time when angels come to share a message from God they always start with "don't be afraid". I'm sure all recipient of angel visits like that did carry a bit of fear in their heart. The sermon today at church was about shepherds hearing the message of Jesus' birth. What they must have thought to receive such a message!


Rick Watson said...

Those are angels :)