Journey to the Manger: Heavenly Hosts

Jackson and Lauren join the angel chorus!

Jackson and Lauren join the angel chorus!

The Heavenly hosts filled the skies today in our Journey to the Manger.

After one angel came forward to proclaim that Christ the Lord had been born, the darkness was overtaken with the armies of heaven praising God. Gloria in excelsis deo echoed across the fields, and for a moment, humanity was given a glimpse of pure worship.

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 among those with whom he is pleased!”

– Luke 2:13-14

The long-awaited Messiah had arrived, and the angels couldn’t contain their joy!

Heavenly Hosts

Heavenly Hosts

We finished our project we began on Day 5 of our Journey to the Manger, when we learned about the prophet Zechariah. We created angels with the toilet paper skirts, and added pipe cleaners for the bodies and wings, as well as bells, beads and sequins. Now, they are proudly displayed on our entertainment center to remind us of how the angels worshiped God at Christmas.

The angels understood the history altering significance of God made flesh, leaving heaven’s glory to be laid gently in a feeding trough. God loved mankind so much, He sent His own Son to save them.

The joy of Heaven coming to earth is what lit up the sky that night, and continues to light up our lives today. Jesus is absolutely worthy of our worship, our adoration and our praise!

The kids add some bling to their angel skirts.

The kids add some bling to their angel skirts.

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.

Filling the sky

The Cobb family angel chorus

The Cobb family angel chorus

Christmas Countdown Day 18 focused on the angels. When the shepherds were in the fields, the heavens opened, and an angel announced the great news that the Messiah had been born. Then, the heavenly hosts filled the skies, praising God for what He had done and what He would do here on earth. Jackson and Lauren decided to dress up to retell this amazing scene. After they were in costume, Jackson came to the shepherds and shared the message that Jesus was here and in the stable wrapped in swaddling clothes. Then Lauren appeared too, and they made up a song to worship God and proclaim God’s peace. We talked about why the angels decided to light up the sky that night: to share the Good News about Jesus and to praise God. We decided that this Christmas, we could join the angels in their mission: to fill the earth with God’s message and the skies with His praises. We prayed that we would take the opportunities that God gives us to share the wonderful news with others that Jesus came to save us, and that we would look for ways to praise our great God.

Our "throng of angels" ornament

Our “throng of angels” ornament (Lauren likes to bedazzle!)