And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14) Come to Bethlehem and see Christ whose birth the angels sing; come, adore on bended knee, Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo! We know these words well from the third verse of the classic Christmas hymn “Angels We Have Heard on High.” They are almost too familiar and common because we sing them every December year … Continue reading Day 15: Gloria in Excelsis Deo!
Full disclosure: I love Christmas songs. I especially love Christmas hymns. One of my favorites is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry Longfellow. The first verse goes like this: I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good will to men. Many Christmas songs talk about “peace,” and rightly so. The night Jesus was born a new song of peace was recorded — one which Longfellow was inspired by: “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host … Continue reading What Kind of Peace on Earth?
C.S. Lewis writes about the necessity to kill sin, and the pain that can come with it, in The Great Divorce: I saw coming toward us a Ghost who carried something on his shoulder. Like all the Ghosts, he was unsubstantial, but they differed from one another as smokes differ. Some had been whitish; this one was dark and oily. What sat on his shoulder was a little red lizard, and it was twitching its tail like a whip and whispering things in his ear. As we caught sight of him he turned his head to the reptile with a … Continue reading What Lizard Needs to Be Killed in Your Life?