Christmas and angels go together as well as Christmas trees and lights or chocolate and marshmallows. Here are some inspiring quotes to help you reflect on the angels who announced the birth of Jesus Christ on the first Christmas long ago -- and the angels who continue to spread love and joy during the Christmas season:
”Good news from heaven the angels bring; glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven.” – Martin Luther
”Love came down at Christmas/love all lovely, love divine/ love was born at Christmas/stars and angels gave the sign.” - Christina Rossetti
"The earth has grown old with its burden of care/But at Christmas it always is young/The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair/And its soul full of music breaks the air/When the song of angels is sung.” – Phillips Brooks
“While shepherds watch'd their flocks by night/All seated on the ground/The Angel of the Lord came down/And Glory shone around.” – Nahum Tate
”A song was heard at Christmas/To wake the midnight sky:/ A savior's birth, and peace on earth/And praise to God on high./The angels sang at Christmas/With all the hosts above,/And still we sing the newborn King/His glory and his love.” – Timothy Dudley-Smith
“Late on a sleepy, star-spangled night, those angels peeled back the sky just like you would tear open a sparkling Christmas present. Then, with light and joy pouring out of Heaven like water through a broken dam, they began to shout and sing the message that baby Jesus had been born. The world had a Savior! The angels called it 'Good News,' and it was.” – Larry Libby
“So here comes Gabriel again, and what he says is 'Good tidings of great joy ... for all people." ...That's why the shepherds are first: they represent all the nameless, all the working stiffs, the great wheeling population of the whole world.” - Walter Wangerin Jr.
“The simple shepherds heard the voice of an angel and found their lamb; the wise men saw the light of a star and found their wisdom.” – Fulton J. Sheen
“Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him -- and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.” - Max Lucado
“When the song of the angel is stilled/When the star in the sky is gone/When the kings and princes are home/When the shepherds are back with their flock/The work of Christmas begins:/To find the lost/To heal the broken/To feed the hungry/To release the prisoner/To rebuild the nations/To bring peace among brothers and sisters/To make music in the heart.” - Howard Thurman
'Gloria, Gloria! they cry, for their song embraces all that the Lord has begun this day: Glory to God in the highest of heavens! And peace to the people with whom he is pleased! And who are these people? With whom does the good Lord choose to take his pleasure? The shepherds. The plain and nameless -- whose every name the Lord knows well. You. And me.” - Walter Wangerin Jr.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' 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, good will toward men.' That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” – Linus Van Pelt, quoting from Luke chapter 2 of the Bible in A Charlie Brown Christmas TV special.