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
Gloria in excelsis Deo is Latin for Glory to God in the highest. It’s a Christian hymn known also as the Greater Doxology (distinguishing it from the Minor Doxology or Gloria Patri) and the Angelic Hymn. The name is sometimes abbreviated to Gloria in Excelsis or just Gloria.
I believe the same angels that made announcements and were kept very busy that night in Bethlehem watch over all of us today. Those who know me in “real life” know that I am an angel collector – they also know that I’ll say without hesitation that I collect angels because I feel I need all the help I can get in life! I know God sends angels to watch over me and protect me each and every day. When was the last time you prayed to God and thanked Him for sending angels to watch over you? Well, there’s no time like the present.
Regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in this Christmas, know that God sends His angels to be with you – to protect you and surround you. Often we pray a hedge of angels around people or in the midst of situations. Angels are God’s secret agents according to Billy Graham. We’d do well to remember this particular quote from the book:
“Angels have a much more important place in the Bible than the devil and his demons.” – Billy Graham
Let’s make room for God, His angels and Christmas with its true meaning. Don’t give the devil a foothold or he will wiggle his way in and dampen anything you allow him to… it’s really a choice we make, isn’t it? Let’s choose to sing with the angels, GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST! May God – and His angels – bless you with a very Merry Christmas. 🙂