Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Meeting Angels



Remember when
Linus read passages
8-14 of the second
chapter of the Gospel of
Luke in the animated
film Charlie Brown's
Christmas?

Everyone stopped
dancing and acting
crazy and a peace
descended over the
crowded gymnasium
stage.



I've always loved
those verses.

The little child in me
has contemplated the 
idea of meeting one
angel, let alone 
a great company of
the heavenly host,
as long as I can
remember.




Ethereal, larger-than
life, glowing and
winged, beautiful
beings.

It wasn't until I was
older that I understood
the phrase angels
among us.



It happens when you are
lead to someone you
would not 
usually have met,
at the exact time and
place that you need
them the most.

And that someone 
touches your life in
a profound way.



Angels among us.

The word angel has
its foundation in the
Greek and Hebrew words
 for messenger.
They are considered
to be God's instruments
or ministering spirits.



The term has been
expanded across many
religions to mean a
spiritual being.

In addition to serving 
as messengers, angels are
thought to protect, guide and
 carry out God's tasks.



Angelology is the
theological study of
angels.  Although in
art seraphim and cherubim
are depicted with wings,
there is no mention of
wings in the Bible.  

Most often, when angels
appear in the Bible, it
is in the form of a man.



In my own life, angels
have taken the form of

hair dressers
concerned friends 
bus drivers
care givers
policemen 
relatives
animals
and more.

The common link?
They provided guidance
or were an answer to
a prayer.



Have you been touched
by
an
angel?

I'll put the kettle on,
light the fire and plump
up the pillows.  I'd
love to hear your story.

xx
Suzanne

PS:  See you Monday
for the last 
Monday Moments
of 2011.



And there were shepherds living
out in the fields nearby, keeping
watch over their flocks by night.
An angel of the Lord appeared to them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were terrified.  But the
angel said to them, Do not be afraid.  I
bring you good news that will cause
great joy for all the people.  Today in the
town of David a Savior has been born to
you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will
be a sign to you:  You will find a baby 
wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly
host appeared with the angel, praising God
and saying

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth
peace to those on whom his favor rests.

~ Luke, 2: 8-14


25 comments:

Terra said...

Your angel photos are wonderful and the Scripture is a favorite of mine. I believe God sends us help, and sometimes he sends angels to help us.

Marie said...

“In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.”
I love that quote from President Uchtdorf. It reminds me that I must be the Lord's hands here on earth. We are all angels or we can be. You never know when something you've been prompted to do could be the answer to someone else's heartfelt prayer. I've encountered many angels in my lifetime and I like to think that I have served countless others in much the same way. Wings are optional. :-)

Humlehagen said...

I am sitting here in Norway and read about your angels, thank you soo much! It is so beautiful words and lovely fotos!

paige said...

& you my friend, are an angel!
such a beautiful post.
i have often wondered if someone in real life that seemed amazing, was really an angel after all xo

merry christmas my friend
xoxo

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Suzanne, what a Christmas treat it is to visit your blog today (and always!) You lift up my spirits....YOU are without a doubt an angel among us, sharing your God-given talent right here. You never cease to make me think, ponder, remember, and bring cheer to me. Thank you for being a bright light in the blogosphere. I need to take a few moments this morning to sit down and write a note to the service providers in my life - all angels among us in their own rights!
Enjoy the day and the weekend, my dear! xo

traci said...

there are angels among us.

i love the peace and frames. what a great idea.

Farmgirl Paints said...

i definitely believe in real angels. i'm sure i've had brushes with them. i'm sorta thinking you were an angel of sorts to me. you swooped into my life and made a lasting impression. brief, but meaningful;)

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Dear Suzanne, TODAY'S thoughts are ESPECIALLY beautiful, for so many, countless reasons to me...

I thank you, my friend... Angels DO come in all forms, and YOU are definitely one of them...


My warmest holidays wishes to you & your loved ones,
Lihnda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Kathysue said...

I was just emailed by one of my readers to come over and read your post because she said it reminded her of me immediately. I can not tell you how this has touched my heart, beyond words. That someone would even think of me in the same sentence as the word, "Angel" I too have been touched by so many angels in my life. Countless times. God has given me a wonderful journey to take in my life. I can only hope and pray that I recognize when his hand is there using me or using someone I just met. I am truly a blessed woman to have met YOU in blogland and so many others. Merry Christmas, you sweet sweet wonderful girl, xo Kathysue

pollydove said...

What a sweet post Suzanne! I can just hear Linus's voice as I read that passage. So precious ... I am sure there are angles among us - I like just saying that. It is a reminder to appreciate them when they come too!!!

Di said...

So sweet and yes angels all around. I have been so blessed to have people come into my life and I so know afterwards that oh my a sweet friend, stranger touched my life. Thank you angel friend. Di@cottage-wishes

Linda said...

OH I love this post, Suzanne...I've never thought about angels in quite this way and I find it comforting and beautiful. Your photos are really lovely and perfect for your message! XO my friend!

Tiffini Kilgore said...

funny you talk about angels because last night when I was going to sleep I pictured them as giants and they encircled my house...guarding it.

weird? i know God has used people in my life at just the right time. I too - have met many friends through blogging that just their words of affirmation...they are truly a life support.

like you friend:) have a weekend full of joy and love. enjoy your family:)
xo

Julie said...

Love your Angels post. The lovely angel you sent me at the Cottage...sits on my desk here in Iowa. :-) always a reminder of the angel you are. :-) and yes, as the bible speaks of showing kindness and love to others because who knows when we may have entertained angels....unaware! Ya know, it was from watching Linus quote that scripture that I totally memorized it without even reading and studying it to do so...just heard it year after year, and still to this day whenever I watch it, I say it with him. :-) Yeah, my kids think I'm crazy...Hugs to you Suzanne...

Hindsfeet said...

Suzanne!!

I am sitting here this morning, wide eyed, floored, and flooded by the serendipity of your post today.......

.......so I had to go grocery shopping after work last night and when I got in my car to go home I thought, "Lord I wish I had help carrying this stuff up the 3 flights of stairs"...then I got home and thought the same thing as I pulled in my parking space...I was tired, it was about 10 PM, drizzly and cold...I got out of my car and I thought maybe I should ask God to send me help...I've *never* done that before, Suzanne, I've never asked/prayed for God to send me help carrying my groceries...*ever*.....I almost didnt , then thought, what the heck, so I did...

I popped the trunk, and all the sudden down comes my neighbor, Shannon, this sweet chick who lives downstairs from me with her girlfriend....she sees me getting out my groceries and says "hey, lemme help ya with those!" And just like that she grabs a buncha bags and helps me haul everything up to my apt....we chatted awhile and she said "I know how it is, I use to live on the 3rd floor and hated grocery shopping because of it"...I told her she was my angel sent from God...even told her about my little hesitant prayer.....she had been wrapping Christmas presents and all the sudden wanted a Diet Coke and remembered that she had left the case of Coke in her trunk...so that's what brought her down at the precise moment I was breathing my prayer for help......

...we said Merry Christmas, she told me if I ever needed anything to let them know, and off she went.......

Suzanne, I have *never*, in my 39 years, had someone "appear" and offer to help me with my groceries.....

....it was just raw Grace, Suzanne........that's what it felt like...

I really needed that sticky note from God last night...in exactly the form it came in........

It was just much needed sweet, tangible, practical, mystical, *amazing* grace.......

....right before I read your post this morning, I ran a bottle of wine down to my neighbor in a gift bag and set it in front of her door with a note that said, "thanks so much for your help last night, Shannon...You're an *angel*"....

...angels among us indeed.....

thanks for the always gifts of your posts, Suzanne....

merriest to you,
<3,
Liz

Amy Arnaz said...

Merry Christmas Suzanne~
I met an Angel in a roundabout way thru my brother many years ago. The Angel had a HUGE impact on my life which I still feel today, 35 years later. The final words this Angel said to me before he died were: "Let what loves you, love you." Referring to a complete surrender to God.
Sending LOVE your way with the very best wishes & prayers for a Glorious Christmas.
xoxo Amy

michele said...

if there are angels in blogland, i do believe you've earned your wings, friend.

i have been visited by 3 different angels on 3 quite vulnerable occasions. in each instance it was important that i not be afraid. i was comforted. i'm not shy about telling people about them, and i'm more than ok that there are doubters (i mean, hey. maybe there are angels who don't believe in you).

peace to you!

michele

koralee said...

I have been touched by many many angels my friend...I have been humming "Go tell it on the Mountain" for days...our kindergarten kids just belt it out...oh how I love this time of year! xoxoxox

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Suzanne, your beautiful post has flooded me with memories. Yes, I have been blessed by several angels at very important times in my life. And,I am forever grateful.
Beautiful post.

Elizabeth said...

Suzanne,

I could not agree more with many of the other comments, you are an angel and a messenger of God. Often times when I have visited here your message touches me in ways and makes me ponder how to be better, how to take in the simple things in life, and how to live. You are always so upbeat and cheerful and it is a joy and a treat to visit here.

I too have met many angels, and am so grateful for the times they have come into my life to remind me of the love and messages from God.

Have a wonderful day, blessings to you and your family this beautiful season.

Elizabeth

A Cottage Muse said...

I can't put into words how much visiting you and reading your beautiful words have touched my heart. I feel thank you isn't enough, but thank you anyway. I have met quite a few angels this year, and you are one of them.

Thank you Suzanne...you are heaven sent!

Lili said...

Sometimes I think the angels whisper to us through our intuitions. I've always believed they are always near. Beautiful images and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about our angelic beings. xoxo ~Lili

Jane said...

Oh Suzanne. You are my angel, you gorgeous girl. Thankyou for your delightful angel ornament which is taking pride of place on our tree - I will cherish it always. It's so lovely to have yet another tangible reminder of my faraway friend on Planet Baby! J x

Jeanie said...

Beautiful, Suzanne, and so true. I have many angels in my life and I hope in a small way, that sometimes I am an angel to others. One never knows. But one can hope.

Here's to angels -- the ones we see, the ones we don't, the ones who listen, who come through when things are tough, who are simply there.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

This is one of the most beautiful post I have read. I love your blog.
Happy New Year!
Teresa
xoxo