This story prompt is courtesy of Sunday Scribblings
Be an angel and bring me a coffee, will ya.
Thanks, you’re an angel.
It looks like angel is a word we use flippantly, much like the word love. In most cases the way we use it doesn’t really mean anything of any significance.
Wouldn’t we be shocked if there actually was such a thing as an angel?
Some of us must think they are real. There are movies, TV shows, sermons preached, and even books written about angels. With a little research into the ways they are portrayed I can tell I’m behind the times. I didn’t know there was a spin off of Buffy The Vampire Slayer called Angel. I wasn’t into a lot of TV back then and it looks like I was missing out.
There were other angel shows and movies I did notice, though, (Touched by an Angel, Twice in a Lifetime, Angels in the Outfield to name a few) and I have to say I enjoyed them immensely.
Then there are books, maybe movies too, where there are angels of both stripes, both good and evil, doing battle in heavenly places. This Present Darkness: A Novel by Frank Peretti is one of them.
Speaking of evil and angels, there is one story I’ve never been able to forget.
It happened in a primitive foreign country many years ago. A team of nurses and their helpers were accosted one night. They heard the war cry of a band of men who wanted to rob, torture, and kill them. They were terrified. Inexplicably, the band of men stopped, looked, and fled. They were faced with a circle of giants standing guard around the nurse’s compound.
It sounds hard to believe but I’ve heard stories similar to this more than once through the decades. Different time, different place, same story. I love to think that someone bigger than me could send his angel armies to protect me in drastic circumstances.
Again, we bandy about the idea of a guardian angel as liberally as we do the terms angel and love.
What if we really do have a guardian angel watching out for us?
If it is true, just think what life could have been like without them, without someone catching us all those times we should have crashed and burned.
I can think of a few times I should have crashed and burned but didn’t and I’m grateful beyond words.
There is a verse in the Bible …
Psalm 91 verse 11, it says “He shall give His angels charge over you. To keep you in all your ways“
I believe and I’m grateful for my guardian angel.
I couldn’t have planned it better. One of my daily emails had a book suggestion with a reference to angels. This saved me from having to find a picture for this post. I was having trouble finding one to do justice to my guardian angel. I will use this book cover to dress up the post instead.
I’m not sure how the angel angle works out in the Dead Man’s Journey story, not having read beyond the first few pages, but as the character in the opening paragraphs prepares to go for a run he senses an angel presence. Guardian angel.
On further thought: there is another book where I know for sure angels, both good and evil, are part of the story. Frank Peretti has written many books involving heavenly beings and this is one of them. This Present Darkness.
I’ll use a separate post to share more about this book.
They say the veil is thin between this world and the next. I believe that is true. We are not alone on our journey. God and his angels are looking out for us, more than we realize.
I hope you like the books.