Oh, the picture-perfect Christmas Eve service: tightly bundled families walking up steps into the candlelit sanctuary, joyous carols and reverent quotations, friends, community, celebration. It was all there but the softly falling snow on our departure.
And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
Angels Descent, Miniature Fantasy Original Oil Painting by Marina Petro