The angels are here
One day I passed an office where workers had placed a broken desk chair out as trash. Next to that discarded chair was the box which had held a new chair. The old went to the curb to make room for the new.
We continually assume that we must earn our way to God: that all of our fallibility must go to the curb to make ‘room’ for the grace of God. And while we do need to change priorities to put God first, we can accept the grace of God long before we ourselves have changed.
When we are most in need and least able to ask for help, for example, God comes to us in the help of ‘angels.’ Those helpers may be well known to us, or they may be complete strangers. But I have no doubt that they come directly from God, and not because we have earned God’s angelic assistance.
Hebrews says that angels are “spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.” The compassion and healing brought by angels can come long before we completely turn from sin, long before we have done as anything humanly perceived as “earning” it. Like salvation, the grace carried by angels comes to us not because we earn it, but because God is gracious and loving.
And thanks to that grace, we aren’t required to put something out by the curb in order for God to give us the renewal and help we need.
Psalms 8, 48; Job 38:1-7 (St. Michael and All Angels)
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