Glory in the Highest

Glory in the Highest

December 25

Read: LUKE 2:1-20

The song “How Should a King Come?” by Jimmy and Carol Owens, still moves me today—forty years after singing it at a Christmas cantata. We often imagine that kings arrive with extravagant riches and high pomp, in their finest clothes, with luxurious food and treasures, parading through crowds that bow low. Yet our Messiah came in such a contrary way!

A virgin conceiving? Such shame! Traveling to Bethlehem on your due date? Such inconvenience! God’s angels tell the news of the Savior’s birth to lowly shepherds? Such absurdity! Our long-held cultural beliefs and expectations are turned upside down.

And yet our Savior, the Messiah, the Son of God, was born thus. Glory to God in the highest!

Lord God, all praise be yours for such amazing love! AMEN.

About the Author

Alice Lee | Arriving at the “gold mountain” at seven years old as a “stranger and alien” and taking ESL in my adopted homeland, I found my home and true inheritance when I entered into the eternal life relationship with Jesus (John 17:3) at the age of thirteen and gave my life to him. I had the privilege of being the first in my family to finish college, earning a BA in psychology. Then I went on to receive a master’s degree in Christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. I am immensely blessed to partner in life and ministry with my husband, Ed, for the past thirty-six years. Together with our children (Matthew, Melissa, and Anthony Emerson) we serve at Mosaic—an intentionally diverse church— in Sugar Land, Texas, so that we the church reflect the one triune God and his heart for all people. When free, I’m learning to be nana to our granddaughter, Zoe Grace, or growing our garden.

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