And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” Luke 2:13-14
One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the angels. I remember playing the part of an angel in the church Christmas pageant at the age of four. Every Christmas my parents display a priceless picture of me pouting while wearing my robe, wings and halo. I don’t remember what I was upset about, but I probably didn’t deserve to wear that costume; maybe a donkey would have fit me better at the time!
My affinity for angels lends itself well to my favorite Christmas hymn being Angels We Have Heard on High. That refrain! When I hear the harmonious “Gloria,” I imagine it’s a perfect replication of the angelic voices that announced the birth of Christ so long ago. In these uncertain times, the refrain gives a bright and hopeful feeling that all is well in the world. It is impossible to hear the complicated harmony and not appreciate the challenge of switching notes at just the right time to keep it harmonious.
Although we falter at times and are not always “angelic,” God’s guidance and ever-present touch on our lives helps us to keep our personal “Gloria” in harmony. Because of Him and His sacrifices for me, I know that if I miss a note or misstep, that discord will transform into a beautiful song.
May God bless you in this season and always.
About the Contributor
Christina Estes is the daughter of Craig and Debbie Kocisko who also contributed to this booklet. Christie and her husband Michael Estes are members of FPC. She enjoys playing the piano and the cello.