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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 12, 2021

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FRIDAY, February 12

Psalm 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.

The Bible contains many images of angels. Some are powerful messengers who reassure people to “fear not.” Some are avenging angels with the power to destroy. Some are guardians. Artists have portrayed angels in many ways. Raphael painted chubby-cheeked cherubs, and Michelangelo sculpted a muscled angel with a lion. Movies depict angels in various ways, including John Travolta brandishing a cigar and wearing a trench coat in Michael.

I’ve never actually seen these mysterious creatures but have felt their strong presence in times of crisis. I believe they have stood between me and extreme danger. But on many occasions, I have seen human beings acting as angels. In a recent Bible study at my church, I looked across the table at three women I have known for decades. They have defended me, comforted me, and delivered messages from God. They have helped guide me in my life through their words and examples. They have been like angels.

The Bible contains many images of angels. Some are powerful messengers who reassure people to “fear not.” Some are avenging angels with the power to destroy. Some are guardians. Artists have portrayed angels in many ways. Raphael painted chubby-cheeked cherubs, and Michelangelo sculpted a muscled angel with a lion. Movies depict angels in various ways, including John Travolta brandishing a cigar and wearing a trench coat in Michael.

I’ve never actually seen these mysterious creatures but have felt their strong presence in times of crisis. I believe they have stood between me and extreme danger. But on many occasions, I have seen human beings acting as angels. In a recent Bible study at my church, I looked across the table at three women I have known for decades. They have defended me, comforted me, and delivered messages from God. They have helped guide me in my life through their words and examples. They have been like angels.

MOVING FORWARD: Want to learn more about angels? A great resource is Kate Moorehead’s book, Angels of the Bible, hich also includes bonus sections on how angels are depicted in art.

PRAY for the Diocese of North Ankole (Uganda)

Ps 88 * 91, 92 | Isaiah 61:1-9 | 2 Timothy 3:1-17 | Mark 10:32-45

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