Cherubs are closely identified with Valentine's Day. These cute little guys are depicted as innocent children with wings. They don't...but that's another story! Cherubs aren't the only kind of Angels. There are many different kinds! The Angels I prefer to focus on are our 'Guardian Angels' what I would call our "Companions Along the Way."
We could debate for quite a while about Angels and what they look like, what their jobs are, etc. But I'd like to focus in this post on one of their most important functions.
Long ago, Saint Augustine, an acknowledged expert on the subject, said, "Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are Angels. They become Angels when they are sent. For the name Angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger."
Each of us has at least one Angel with us, every day of our lives, and they have a message for each of us.
We may be very sincere in our declarations of love for others, but few humans experience the giving or receiving of true, unconditional love - and might not recognize it if they had!
Few people are loved in the manner that they feel that they deserve to be loved. Men and women tend to have expectations, of themselves and of others, that are not always readily met. These expectations mean that we are not able to completely accept another being; and they are not able to completely accept us.
Angels are messengers from God. The most important message they can bring to us is one of TOTAL love and acceptance. Angels see you for who you really are.
The type of Angels that are associated with a person are a direct reflection of the person's spiritual life intention, and can also be a response to the person's request for assistance of some sort. Angels know our "true selves"; they love you and help you, without prejudice. This doesn't necessarily mean that a person is living up to their highest intentions or potential. Few of us do! But, we tend to judge ourselves harshly. Angels do not judge.
Angels are throughout our history. They are mentioned frequently in the Bible, where they play an important part in relaying messages from God, directly to mankind. They communicate differently with each person, based upon that persons' ability to receive. Different methods are used, depending on a persons' expectations and biases. To put it simply, the Angels use whatever combination of methods that work with your particular tendencies. Once you perceive the total love pouring out from these Beings to you, your life changes. How would your life change if you you were to begin to experience - and to practice - grace and compassion for yourself and all other living things, seen and unseen.
I believe in Angels. In the past couple of decades it has become fashionable to believe in them. There is comfort in the thought of something watching over us, in our hectic lives, but, I think it is a mistake to make a fad out of them or to trivialize them. The Angels of the Bible were not cute and cuddly or static and inflexible. They were dynamic Beings, intensely interested in our human activities. They played an active part in the lives of the humans who recognized them.
I do believe that we are watched over, but I also believe that one of the main purposes of our Guardian Angels is to remind us of the unconditional love that the Creator has for each of us, and to help us to express that love in our own lives, as well as in the lives of others.
Angels are messengers. I believe the most important message they bring to humanity is one of total love and acceptance.
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