I saw an angel today!

Do you find yourself in need of angelic intervention?  Did you know belief in angels is on the increase in the United States?

Gallup polling suggests Americans who profess to believe in angels rose by almost 9%.  We (America) as a citizenry have a higher percentage belief in angels than do our friends in other English-speaking nations. Angelic belief is common to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

The general understanding of angels is that they are God’s messengers bringing us mortal’s assistance in time of need.  There are examples of angelic intervention in Christianity found throughout the testaments.  The greatest prevalence I feel is in the book of revelations.  Joseph was visited by an angel in a dream bringing him comfort in taking Mary as his wife.  Christ was ministered to by angels as He began His ministry.  Peter was freed from prison by an angel.  Each of these is just a simple example found in the New Testament.

We hear of many accounts of angels in our visit with others.  Today there are many stories, movies, and television shows which address the topic of angles.  Each of these carries significance and is wildly popular in our society.

The other day my view of angels took on new meaning, and it is what I want to share with you today.  When we think of angels, we often think of immortality or spiritual beings.  What is to say an angel among us has to be a heavenly messenger, a spiritual being, or an immortal?

While talking with an individual yesterday (who I think is a wonderful soul living a good life), he shared with me, “In our society, when we think of angels, we think of beings from a different dimension.”  Who says that God sent us angels has to mean those coming from another existence?  Well, I thought, good point, so what are you saying? I asked.

He suggested there are angels among us; we see and interact with every day.  They are our family members, friends, and even strangers who are sent, perhaps by our Creator, to buoy us up in a time of need.  I felt the sincerity of his conviction and have thought about his words ever since.

Yes, indeed; he is right.  We are surrounded by angels every day, everywhere.  Many of you are or will be the angel in many people’s lives.  Yes, angels exist in a heavenly realm, but in addition, they are here in each of you.  Thank you for being there when needed and allowing your desires, those of willingness to help, to be moved into action.

You are angels in the lives of those you wish to help.  Our Creator doesn’t always need to send the heavenly type when we are willing to participate.


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3 Responses to I saw an angel today!

  1. Micah says:

    I agree with your acquaintance. Some of the truest angels we’ll encounter through our lives are the one among us in flesh and bones, neighbors, family, friends, even loving strangers.

  2. Teresa says:

    Most of the time I think about what I can do to help others but I have not thought very much about angels on earth. Your remarks made me think of “my” angels and how they have helped me here and there (probably much more than I know) to make it though certain trials in my life. Without going into details, I would not be doing very well today had it not been for my earthly angels. Mostly my own family members but sometimes complete strangers have been here for me at exactly the right time which I was in need. Once, a stranger fixed my flat tire along the freeway when it was freezing cold! Yes, angels on earth come to us to watch over and protect us.
    Thanks Jaren!

  3. Cami says:

    Okay, since I have tried to post this twice already, maybe the third time is a charm 😉

    You wrote a good article Jaren, this is an interesting subject to not only talk about but to get others opinions on! It comforts me to know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me so much that he gives me “earthly angels” and “heavenly angels” to help, watch over and guide me in times of need.. I think it is in all of us to help out our fellow beings and although we may not think about it much that we helped someone along the way, we could have been an answer to their prayers and put in the right place at the right time.. I strongly believe that we are often led to those in need.. I love making a difference in the lives of others so I look for opportunities to help out wherever I can and I have plenty of people around me whether they are friends or strangers that I can call my “angels”.. I have 2 sisters who have passed away and I know that there are times they have been my heavenly angels and given me the strength that I have needed to make it through some of the situations that I have 😉 I feel we are all blessed with both earthly angels who are our friends, neighbors, family and even a stranger and our heavenly angels.. How awesome it is that we have a God that loves us so much that he blesses us with both!

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