Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

CREAM-FILLED CUPCAKES are one way it’s done today. Parents-to-be and/or friends and family learn the sex of their baby when they bite into blue or pink creamy deliciousness. Older siblings don T-shirts with messages about their future baby brother or sister, and pictures are posted on social media. Pastel balloons rise from opened boxes to announce the expected arrival of a new baby. There are countless creative ways to convey these special messages.

In Luke’s writing about the birth of Jesus, we see no evidence of festivities, public announcements, or celebrations. Though Mary and Joseph knew the greatness of the child to be born, the three of them had no sterile, comfortable environment as He entered this world. There were no throngs of followers and fans waiting eagerly for His arrival. And there was no newly decorated room waiting for the Savior to spend His early days and months. Instead, we immediately recall arduous travel, shepherds, and mangers when we think of the birth of Christ.

As humble as Jesus’ birth may have been, God had an announcement in mind. Without technology or a loudspeaker, God sent a gleaming angel to visit a few frightened shepherds. The angel’s glorious news, complete with musical accompaniment from heaven, beats our creative human birth announcements any day!

Joyfully proclaim, at this season and all year, the birth announcement sent by God’s angel!

Hally Franz is a former high school guidance counselor, turned stay-at-home mom. She enjoys being a 4-H leader, church secretary, book club member, and traveler.