THE ANGELS’ SONG, by John Van Schepen
On the night Jesus was born, shepherds near Bethlehem were watching their sheep. Suddenly an angel told them good news: the Savior of the world had been born! Then the angel was joined by a great chorus of angels, whose song has echoed throughout history ever since: “Glory to God in the highest heaven. . . .”
The coming of Jesus, the Savior, is the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. The Bible says, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1:18). All praise belongs to God for what he has done.
The angels also sang, “And on earth peace. . . .” Our world is torn apart by warfare among nations and strife between people. We desperately need peace. Only through Christ will true peace come on earth. We read in Colossians 1:19-20, “For God was pleased . . . to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
In The Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren made a statement that has stuck with me over the years: “It’s not about you. . . . It’s all about God.” The angels understood that when they sang the closing line of their song: “. . . to those on whom his favor rests.” Our salvation, from beginning to end, is the gracious work of God.
BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN GOD’S AMAZING WORLD
On the Fourth of July, four ducks decided to make a break for freedom. But the ducks got a bit too rowdy, and the night ended with them getting arrested.
The four ducks belong to Cindy Osiecki, who lives in Great Bend, Pennsylvania. When everyone was distracted by Fourth of July activities, the ducks left their yard and set off an adventure around their hometown.
The ducks waddled about a mile up the road, and they ended up in front of a local Pump N Pantry convenience store. The ducks hung out there, accepting food from Pump N Pantry’s customers.
When the ducks showed no sign of leaving, a Pump N Pantry employee called the police, who came to arrest the ducks for loitering.
The officers arrived, and they quacked up when they saw who they were arresting. The officers tried to herd the ducks into their car, but the ducks didn’t go quietly. Pump N Pantry employee Kat described the scene:
“They were being chased by one of the police officers. They were chasing them around the car. I thought it was pretty funny, to be honest.”
After a long and intense chase, the officers finally caught the ducks and put them in their car. They posted a photo of the delinquent animals to Facebook, and the hilarious post was shared hundreds of times.
The police called around, trying to find out who the ducks belonged to, and neighbors pointed them towards Cindy Osiecki. Osiecki was shocked when she heard the police had taken her ducks into custody.
“I thought it was funny, I’m like ‘are you serious?’ There were like ‘yeah we took them’ because I guess people were trying to take my ducks, and everyone was feeding them, even the cop fed them bread,” Osiecki told WNEP 16.
Osiecki is relieved that her ducks are safe, and she’s glad that the police officers handled the situation so well and with so much humor. She told WNEP 16 that the officers jokingly said that they took the ducks’ webbed footprints.
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THIS WEEK’S FIVE FAVORITE PHOTOS
Reach out to someone in need this week!
Let others see Jesus in you this week!
Be His light in the darkness this week!
Have a Blessed Week!
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