Growing up, if we couldn’t find something and we KNEW we had put it in its place, my mom would tell us that maybe the angels were playing with us and grabbing our stuff, but that they would always put it back. We loved it when that happened and felt a sense of magic when we suddenly found what we were looking for.
Hasn’t that happened to you? It’s more than losing your keys, which I do all the time. It’s knowing you had put your book on top of the night-stand but suddenly it’s not there. You look everywhere to no avail, then go back to the night-stand and there it is! At 42 years-old, I still think it’s an angel wanting to play with me and read my book.
Needless to say, I have no proof that angels are all around us. But there is plenty of evidence in Scripture that angels exist. From their presence in the Garden of Eden, to the birth of Jesus, they appear all throughout the Bible. I love to pray to our Guardian Angels, and it’s comforting to know they are there to keep us safe. “For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully'”, Luke 4:10
Well, the other day, my 5 year-old son found his Hulk Smash toy under my bed and he said: “There it is mom! The angels wanted to play with Hulk!” I cracked up and thought about the spiritual seeds we are planting in our kids. That might be a silly example, but it’s proof that our children really listen to everything we say.
If we speak about God, the Church, and preparing for our First Communion (which my daughter is doing!) but then yell, have no patience and send them to their room 6 times a day, what good is it talking about angels and the Bible? That’s what I’m struggling with at the time. Trying to match what I say with what I do.
My kids are like angels. Mysterious and magical. Reminding me that God doesn’t like it when I scream, that they forgive me, and that they love me almost as much as they love God. I love the ability our kids have to melt our hearts.
During Advent, I want to remember all the angels around me as if they were watching me and cheering for me. To continue opening my heart, living in the light, and preparing for the biggest party of the year: the coming of Christ. “The angel said to them: ‘You have nothing to fear! I come to proclaim good news to you-tidings of great joy to be shared by the whole people. This day… a Savior has been born to you, the Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Advent Action: Let the angels move you. Make a phone call you’ve been waiting to make to a family member or a friend. Tell them you are praying for them, that you love them and want to connect again.