Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flocks by night. And behold an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them... (Luke 2:8-9).

What a wonderful event the angel's appearance to the shepherds is! Imagine their surprise and wonder at a glorious shining bright angel appearing where a moment before there had been only darkness! And then the angel declared the joyful news of the Lord's birth: "I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11).

The Lord came to earth in a time of spiritual darkness. The heavenly light of truth no longer shone in people's minds. Spiritual darkness can be present with us today as well. But if we look to the Lord in the truths of the Word, the glory of the Lord - heavenly light - can shine in our minds and dispel our spiritual darkness.

The shepherds saw a host of angels giving glory to God. We, too, can give glory to the Lord when we worship Him and acknowledge that He is the source of all life. May your celebration of Christmas be joyful and inspiring!

Highlights for this topic include


"The Shepherd in Us" article by the Rev. Karl R. Alden

 Quotes from the Word on The Glory of the Lord (PDF)

"The Glory of the Lord" family talk by the Rev. Lawson Smith

 Overview of Projects and Activities for Families Relating to the Glory of the Lord (PDF)

 Children's Prayers at Christmas (PDF)

  Dramatize the Story of the Angel Appearing to the Shepherds (PDF)

  Light of the World (all ages) (PDF)
Light candles one by one as you read or recite quotes from the Lord's Word.

  Paper Chain of Angels (ages 8-14) (PDF)

  Angel Paper Snowflake (ages 9-14) (PDF)
An intricate pattern to fold and cut to reveal several angels.

  Poster of Mary, Joseph, and the Babe in a Manger by Robert Glenn (PDF)

 Sunday School Project: Sheep Ornament for the Christmas Tree (PDF)