I was decorating my tree with ornaments last night and noticed I had a lot of stars and angels.
It took me back to the Scripture reading which described the night of Jesus’ birth:
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” – Luke 2:8
For some reason, I have imagined more description of that night. Many a Christmas song has put that notion in my head..
“Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright…”
“O holy night the stars are brightly shining…”
I imagine that it was a clear night, the sky filled with stars. I imagine it was a calm, quiet night. It was just another night of watching the sheep for the shepherds. It was an ordinary night.
“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified…” -Luke 2:10
Angels are dominant characters in the birth of Jesus, more so than any other Bible narrative, it would seem. It starts with Gabriel appearing to Mary, and then an angel appears to Joseph in a dream. And then one angel shows up to the shepherds.
“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.'” – Luke 2:13-14
Stars and angels are significant players in this special event.
The stars provided night light to the shepherds so they could tend to their flocks. The angels served as messengers, sharing the good news and glorifying God who followed through with his promise of a Savior.
As I look at the angels and stars scattered across the decorated tree, I will be reminded of the special role they played in announcing the birth of Emmanuel.