300 Days for 300 Years: A Commemorative Devotional of the Presbytery of Philadelphia
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Elder Miriam Montgomery, Member for 66 Years, Doylestown Presbyterian Church

  • Morning Psalms Psalm 50; 147:1-11
  • First Reading 1 Samuel 2:1b-10
  • Second Reading Titus 2:1-10
  • Gospel Reading Luke 1:26-38
  • Evening Psalms Psalm 53; 17

Do You Still Hear the Angels Sing?

Have you been placing candles on your Advent Wreath? Are you prepared for Christ-mas? There are cards to send, gifts to wrap, decorations to hang, tree to trim. What about food? Last year you packed away memories only to once again unpack a time of excitement along with all its anxiety.
Words from a familiar Christmas Carol come to mind:
“And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow.”
But heartening words are following. . .
“Look now! For glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing:
O, rest beside the weary road, And hear the angels sing.”

Are you listening? Do you hear them as Mary did when told of her coming motherhood and then at the birth of Jesus? Angels appeared many times throughout our Lord’s life. In the hymn, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” written by Edmund Sears, we are reminded of God’s gift to the world, His only Son.

Will we pack Christmas away again as just another memory or keep the joy alive forever in our hearts sharing the good news of the gospel message?

As we listen for the angels, Lord, may the joy of their news transform us yet. Amen.