Glory and Peace

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Today’s Scripture Selection: Luke 2:12-13

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

After all the years of waiting and all the years of speculation, it had finally happened.

The announcements, the journey to Bethlehem, the birth – all took place just according to divine plan.

Those who were a part of it were alternately stunned into silence and jubilant expression of praise.

Perhaps the most poignant description is that of young Mary, “treasuring all these things in her heart.”

It was only the beginning.

Jesus would now grow, mature, experience human life, share who He was and who He was becoming – again, all according to divine plan.

One day, this journey would lead to a cross, then to an empty tomb.

The story continues to unfold today.

There is always more to be said about what has happened and what is happening.

There is always much more to be said about what is yet to be.

Still, one thing is certain, mysterious as all this is.

Glory and peace have come to our earth, and our lives, in a most amazing way.

Amen.

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