With Christmas right around the corner, ’tis the season to talk of angels. In the Bible we read of the angels’ announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, we see angels atop many a Christmas tree, in Rockefeller Center angels blowing trumpets along the concourse, angels are in Christmas songs, movies, and the list goes on.
“Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.” – It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
Do angels really have wings? And do they really have to earn them? There are 344 references to angels in the Bible, so I’ll leave it up to you, the reader, to find out for yourself. What I will leave you with are the most famous verses about angels that we hear during this Christmas time of year.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 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, good will toward men’.” – Luke 2:8-14 KJV
Today’s quote may not be Biblical, but if you’ve never seen the 1946 Christmas Classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, you really should. The movie captures the giving spirit of Christmas with the story of a man (Jimmy Stewart), who at the point of despair and suicide, is helped by an angel (Henry Travers) sent from heaven. Here is the final scene of the movie with the famous quote, “Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings”. Enjoy!
It’s a Wonderful Life Movie Clip