Scripture for the Fourth Thursday in Advent 2010

Luke 2:8-14

8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14″Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

Lord, as the angels declared on the night of our Savior’s birth, we sing glory to God on high. We rejoice in the wonder of this magnificent moment in history but even more in the wonder of the Second Coming, when we will stand before Jesus. Prepare our hearts and spirits so we are ready for that great day and give You glory forever and ever. Amen.

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