For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
~ Psalm 91:11
Last night during our Advent Study we talked about "Mary's song." We talked about what it must have been like to have encountered the angel, Gabriel, and what it must have been like to hear the words, "God has found favor with you!"
We wondered about what she must have thought, and how she then shared the news with her family, and Joseph. Fortunately, the angel visits Joseph in a dream and tells him, "Do not be afraid," and continues to tell him God's plan for Mary, and all humanity as well. I remember years ago when both our children were born, and the "birthing plan," that we created for each child. No where did we insert a message from an angel!
In many ways the angel brought both comforting news, and a life-changing announcement.
I've often wondered what message an angel might bring today. How the words, "Fear not!" might be perceived in a world where "Likes" and "Emoji's" seem to impact our responses.
In many ways, we must become the messenger. Our words are not so much to "Fear not," but to "Have hope!" and "Love one another!"
I am reminded that celebrations are rooted deep in the Kingdom of God. Finding favor, changing lives and bringing God's children into a better place are still the fundamental principles of faith. That somehow two-thousand years later, in a world where an event can be catapulted around the world in a matter of seconds, the events of long ago still move within us.
The words of the angels to the shepherds, "Do not be afraid! I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people!" still echo among the heavens, in a place where angels are common.
You and I are still part of those words! You and I are still the reason that Gabriel visited a young Hebrew girl, and a man who would be invited to raise the boy that we would all know to be our Savior, Jesus.
Let that angels speak!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.