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Angels o'er the plains

By Holly Martin

Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o’er the plains

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see

Christ whose birth the

angels sing

Come adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord the

newborn King

To me, nothing spreads the spirit of Christmas more than Christmas music. There’s something about the combination of the familiar words and the comforting melodies that makes me slow down and reflect on the purpose of this glorious season.

But if truth be known, I’m really not all that choosy about my Christmas music, either. There’s a time and a place for “Joy to the World,” the same as there is for “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” After all, who doesn’t have funny stories about that crazy relative who painted the fingernails of her praying hands figurine fire engine red? Hypothetically speaking, of course.

I enjoy a fun Christmas tune as much as the beautiful carols that have stood the test of time. This year, as I decorated the tree, “Angels We Have Heard on High” came rolling out of my speakers.

I couldn’t help thinking about the line, “sweetly singing o’er the plains.” All across the world, from little rural churches to mega churches in the city, people will be giving “Glory to God in the highest” this Christmas season. Those sweet notes will connect all the way to the mountains.

It comforts me, somehow, to know that. To know that regardless of the occupation, social status or size of family, we can take comfort in knowing that for at least one day, we share praise in our heart. At Christmas, let us pause, on bended knee, as we sing praise to God and Christ, our Lord.

From all of us at High Plains Journal, Merry Christmas!

Holly Martin can be reached by phone at 1-800-452-7171, ext. 1806, or by email at hmartin@hpj.com.

Date: 12/23/2013

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