These are my thrift store angels. I find them in all their paper dress glory with their lovely faces and gilded wings and I cannot leave them sitting on the shelf. So they come home to live with me and grace our home with their halleluiah spirit during the Christmas season.
This might seem strange to you if you know I’m a Mormon. We don’t really believe that angels are winged beings. Still, there is something lovely and ethereal about them that I cannot resist.
I’ll tell you something we do believe. That angels are real. That they are and have been throughout the ages, messengers from God.
I love this quote from a talk by Jeffrey R. Holland:
“From the beginning down through the dispensations, God has used angels as His emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children. I testify of angels, both the heavenly and the mortal kind. In doing so I am testifying that God never leaves us alone, never leaves us unaided in the challenges that we face.”
Think for a minute. Have you felt that love of God manifest through someone else? I know I have! He has given me access to angels in my life. My mother is one of them. There have also been times where I’ve felt that love in an experience I’ve had – something extraordinary has happened that is not coincidental or lucky, and I’ve felt an assurance that those unseen were helping and protecting me.
It is a reason to shout on the rooftops Joy to the World! God does not leave us alone. He not only gave us His Son, but He also ministers to us through angels. This Christmas season, when I walk by my angels, I thank Him for angels. They not only heralded the Christ child’s birth in evidence of God’s love for us, but also give me an individual opportunity to feel that love in my life and interactions with others.
I can be an angel to others to help them feel that love. An angel. Me. Halleluiah!
To read or listen to the rest of Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk called The Ministry of Angels, go here.