Nov. 9, 2011
-- Some folks simply don’t believe they exist except in children’s storybooks and other fiction. Most of us fondly recall several old movies where some form of angel tugged at our heartstrings, mostly while aiding some down trodden, less fortunate individual. "It’s a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart will always be one of my favorites. "Heaven Can Wait" came later and wasn’t as much of a tear jerker. I guess you’d expect that from a movie about a quarterback. A little more recently actor John Travolta portrayed a cool and hip angel in the movie, "Michael." I wouldn’t mind seeing that one again.
Angels are messengers of God, created by God to do His will. When they were created is unknown to us. Their existence does, however, go back to the very earliest of times. They are mentioned in both the Old and the New Testaments. In the very first book, Genesis, Cherubim were stationed at the Garden of Eden to guard the way to the tree of life. Angels aided prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zechariah. Gabriel, the archangel, appears to Mary and tells her she will bear a son and she should name him Jesus. An angel, whose name isn’t mentioned appears to Joseph, in a dream, and tells him what’s going on. At the birth of Jesus an angel appears to the shepherds and tells them the good news of Jesus’ birth. These are just a few of the many angelic appearances.
Did you know the "New American Bible Encyclopedic Dictionary" has seven classes of angels mentioned in the New Testament: Angels, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Dominations, Thrones, and Archangels and two, Cherubim and Seraphim in the Old Testament? Any one of them might be commissioned by God to protect and guide each individual soul throughout life on earth. We know this angel as our Guardian Angel. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus is referring to Guardian Angels when he says, “See that you never despise one of these little ones.” In his book, "Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way" Blessed John Paul ll writes, “I have a special devotion to my Guardian Angel … My Guardian Angel knows what I am doing. My faith in him, in his protective presence, continues to grow deeper and deeper.”
Our human frailty is fraught with assumption. We might pray for something and when it, or a similar solution or answer occurs we’re very quick to explain it as coincidence, accident, fate, or the words, “How’d that happen?” It was probably God, or one of his helpers, perhaps that Guardian Angel. How many close calls have you had in your life? What saved you then? Luck? I’d rather give credit to where credit is due. If I’m wrong once in a while, so what, I know I’ll be right the majority of the time.
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Author Don Stankus has been a banker, real estate entrepreneur, teacher, and, on occasion, actor. A strong believer in volunteer work, he spends time at hospice, church, and prison. He and wife Kris, and their spoiled dachies, live in a wooded setting among the wild creatures, which are just as spoiled as the pups. Don has just published a new book, "Rimko’s Run" (9781929882700)
available from Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, and other booksellers. "Rimko’
s Run" explores the question of spiritual life after death.
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