Angels as singing telegram; The day God sent the whole choir!

 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:26-28)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” (Luke 2:13-14)

0angel_dramaqueennorma_395698704With just a few days remaining before Christmas I’ve been thinking about the role angels play in the story.

Angels are interesting characters.They’re especially hard to imagine because they represent the interface between the so-called “normal” world we inhabit from day-to-day, and the spiritual realm that exists beyond the limits of time and space.

Angels play an important role as Christmas unfolds; the narrative is thick with them.

  • Zechariah met an angel who was offended by his doubts;
  • Mary stared complete upheaval in the face (Gabriel), and celebrated the honor of being part of God’s plan;
  • Joseph was counseled by an angel not once, but twice, and he demonstrated grace in the face of uncertainty.
  • Then there were the shepherds in the hills around Bethlehem; they ran into an entire “heavenly host.”

SINGING TELEGRAM! My personal opinion is that angels still interact with human beings; I believe this because I’ve had experiences that beg for such an explanation – and I know I’m not alone.

In the Bible stories the role of angels is clear: they play the part of messenger. Typically our communication with God comes via scripture, through the deep assurances of prayer, in the lives and witness of other believers, or built into circumstance.  Most of the time nuanced communication is enough;  but then sometimes we need a singing telegram.

Angels are the singing telegram.

God sent the whole choir!
God sent the whole choir!

That’s what makes the experience of the shepherds on Christmas night so spectacular. For Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph, the one-on-one private audience did the job. But the night Christ was born? What joy! What celebration! What a spectacular moment in history! God sent the whole choir.

Only a sky-full of angels was representation enough to bear witness to such a wondrous gift!

Messenger, you say? That’s right, God has a message for the world! Get a load of this message! Angel? Choir? We’re going to roll out the entire heavenly host!

Here’s a twist. Rather than simply being recipients of divine communication, maybe we could think about sharing in the privilege? I believe God is calling each one of us to be the messengers who carry the Good News to the world; the story of the Advent of Love.

Up for the challenge – DEREK

Teen angels at WFPC
Teen angels at WFPC

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