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Messengers of God’s Love by Maggie Angel

December 19, 2013

Thanks to Maggie Angel, one of our great SLAMers, for her witty and thought-provoking blog about the messenger’s of God’s love – the reminder to be those messengers is always important. 

Jeremiah 23:5-8 & Matthew 1:18-25

            With Christmas so near, we are all caught up in making sure we have the right gifts for family and friends, trying to find a parking spot at the mall, decorating the house, baking cookies, and the list goes on. It’s super easy to get lost in these little details that ironically we can end up being stressed over the happiest and most peaceful time of the year. As cliché as it is, we should remember who is the reason for the season.

In Matthew, the passage is one of the Nativity narratives we hear towards Advents end. The Angel comes to Joseph in a dream, telling him that Mary is the mother of the Messiah. But the main point that stayed with me was when the angel says “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”

In the hustle and bustle of prepping for the holidays, let’s take a minute to remember something so powerful that can really comfort us – God is with us. God is with us in many different ways, as Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or through an angel such as in the passage in Matthew.

Angels have always played an important role in my life, and I’m not just talking about my last name. I remember in grade school everyone thought it was the coolest thing ever that angels play a big role in the nativity narrative and my last name was angel. My teachers also thought it was cute to cast me an angel in our Christmas play. My mom has angel statues all over our house. My high school AP Biology teacher always started prayer before class out of her prayer book about angels. For me, they are reminders/messengers of God’s love and comfort. Angels can be all around us, a friend, a family member, that guy who let you go in front of him at the checkout register.

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You don’t have to be related to me to be an angel! 🙂 Just feel that God is with us, not just during Advent and Christmas, but every day and spread that love to others. Because isn’t that the Christmas spirit? Spreading love and cheer? And we all know that the “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

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