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Angel Song

Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
Philippians 2:6-7a, NLT*

No wonder the angels’ announcement split the sky, and the shepherds cowered in fear.

The angels knew what was going on, at least this part of the story. They’d known at least since Gabriel had delivered news to the priest Zechariah that Elizabeth would conceive John the Baptist. They may have known longer.

Among the humans, only Mary and Joseph knew, and Elizabeth and Zechariah.

This huge, astounding, mind-breaking secret: God Himself became an embryo and was born a baby who was fully God and fully human. And somehow still remained God the Father, ruling the universe.

The angels knew. Can you imagine the sheer jubilation of their announcement?

Today, we know. May we take some time to ponder this news that’s more than human minds can grasp. May the Holy Spirit reveal its truth to the depths of our beings.

God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, what can we say but “thank You”? What can we do but worship You? Please let the magnitude of the Incarnation change us, for Your glory.

Here’s Austin Stone Worship’s A Day of Glory.

*New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Review: Wonders Never Cease, by Tim Downs

Wonders Never Cease cover artWonders Never Cease, by Tim Downs (Thomas Nelson, 2010)

Nurse Kemp McAvoy’s latest brilliant scheme involves impersonating an angel. His nightly “visitations” to a comatose movie star will prompt her to write a best-selling self-help book, from which he’ll take a well-deserved share of the publisher’s profits.

Kemp is a jerk. There’s no nice way to say it. He really is. Self-absorbed and without conscience. He got kicked out of his residency as an anaesthesiologist for what he calls a “minor” ethical issue, and now he resents living on a nurse’s salary.

He got the angel idea from another best-selling spiritual-insight book and from his girlfriend’s daughter, who claims to have actually seen an angel.

Six-year-old Leah sees a few angels as the story progresses, and that brings her mom, Natalie, into conflict with Leah’s attractive teacher, Matt, and with the school’s arrogant psychologist.

Leah’s voice in the prologue sold me on the book. She’s sharp and funny. The rest of the novel is told third-person, mostly in Kemp’s and Natalie’s points of view.

Wonders Never Cease is a comedy of errors as we watch Kemp dig himself in farther and farther. And it’s a gentle romance as Natalie begins to see the truth about Kemp and to notice Matt’s kindness.

And there are angels.

Author Tim Downs is probably best known for his Bug Man mystery novels. You can learn more about him and his books at the Tim Downs website, and read a sample chapter of Wonders Never Cease.

[Review copy from my personal library.]