Christmas Moments is the second volume of In My Father’s Footsteps devotions, specifically for the Advent and Christmas season.
It is available in paperback and Kindle. If you buy the paperback, you’ll get the Kindle version FREE.
Below is a sample devotion from this book.
There is also a companion podcast series of 10 episodes that feature the music of the ten stories of Christmas carols & hymns that are in the book.
Angels We Have Heard On High
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
It was quiet. A lamb bleated sweetly as it settled down for the night to sleep. It was a bit chilly. The shepherds gathered around a small fire to ward off what chill there was.
They had talked for a while about all the crowds that had been pouring into Bethlehem due to the Roman Emperor’s census decree.
Looking up into the night sky, the stars were exceptionally bright. Two very bright stars – actually the planets Jupiter and Venus, although they didn’t know that – were close together in the western sky.
They were starting to quiet down for the night, some of the shepherds already drifting off to sleep, when all of sudden the night sky exploded in light!
There, in the sky, was what they could only describe as an angel of God! They fell in terror at the light emanating from this angel.
Then the angel spoke.
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
And then the entire sky lit up with angels who started to sing!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
They probably didn’t sing that part in Latin as we do today, but that is how the Christmas Hymn Angels We Have Heard on High depicts this story.
We don’t know who actually wrote the rest of the hymn although it first shows up in France in the 1800’s. Because of that, it is thought to have been written by a French monk who would have known the Latin part of the hymn.
The Latin refrain has been in use in the Christian church a lot longer. The first recorded use of it dates to about AD 130, making it one of the oldest Christian hymns still in use today.
This Christmas hymn is also one of the best evangelism hymns written as well. It tells of the shepherd’s encounter first with angels and then with the Christ himself. After these encounters, the shepherds told everyone they could about what they had seen and heard.
This is how Christ and his Gospel affects people. The Gospel not only changes them by forgiving their sins and giving them eternal life, it motivates them to tell others this incredible good news!
God has become a human being to save all of us from our sins, from death itself, and the power of Satan.
Let’s tell others of this, all the while giving glory to God in the highest!