Facing Angels

Listening When He Speaks

David faced a giant Goliath.
Noah faced a worldwide flood.
Esther faced her king husband.
Daniel faced man-eating lions.

Upon meeting the Lord,
I faced my past
my sins
my selfish self.

a raggedy bunch of most likely
not nice-smelling, working men
and boys,
found among sheep.
Were the grasses of the fields
the only ones who saw them
facing the angels?

God sent His heavenly choir
to sing
to announce
to proclaim
to urge.

they listened
at first in fear
then in wonder
and awe,
all while
facing angels!

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”

Just close your eyes
and imagine.

Did they sit down
pass around drink
stare into the night-piercing flames
scratch their dirty heads,
rub their stubbly chins,
and ponder the oddity
that had just disrupted
their sheep routine?

Of course not.
We have read the Book.
We know
what they did.

And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

Just close your eyes
and imagine.

He sent the largest
singing telegram,
not to a churchyard full of saints
or a palace full of riches
nor to a most important preacher,
but to a group of people
largely looked over
and most-likely brushed aside.

They rushed
ran, hollered
stumbled, yelled
and marveled at what they found,
after facing the angels.

No, it wasn’t quite “what” they found
it was “WHO” they found
after being sought out
by God
and His troops of angels.

My son has two
little-bitty nativity sets.
The one is so small
that it fits inside
a pint jar’s lid.

His rambunctious 6-year old boy hands
became gentle
and loving
as he thoughtfully
and lacking hesitation,
arranged the divine scene.

Asking him
“Why do you face them all away from me,
from us?”
Look, look, look at the larger scene
I arranged.
I can see all their faces.
They point out for all to see.

That same heart that guided his
gentle hands
beat words through his lips
“but they are facing the right way, mamma”

Their backs
are indeed most important
to me
now that I can see.
Really see
how one must stand–
when facing angels.

And our Savior
in baby’s flesh.

~ scripture: Luke 2:8-19


In keeping with my 12 Days of Community blog recognition, I want to guide your eyes to my friend at Live Love Laugh Hope. Even though we walked the same halls of high school in our small town, our feet tread years apart and we did not know one another. But through our mutual friend, who has since gone to be with Jesus, we met. Amazing grace. After more than a year of emailing, we met in-person last summer at my mom’s in north Idaho. Her photographic skill at capturing His beauty in a snapshot is a gift from God. So, go see some scenery near my growing-up areas over at her blog. Oh yeah, her heart for the Lord is even bigger than her smile!

I couldn’t give her a nod without directing your gaze to fall upon Jenny, our friend. She was the one who suggested I do this blog. She wrote short, poignant posts, that touched many, many hearts as she focused on the sweet, simple things of life. I recall a story about stretching out in the sunshine beaming through her window. Her sister called and Jenny shared with her about the newfound warmth. The little sis drove over and joined her big sis, right there on the floor. Her courage and faith and wisdom and kindness and love continue to pulse in all those she knew. And I reckon that her facing the angels has been sweeter than a ginormously dripping honeycomb.

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3 thoughts on “Facing Angels”

  1. Thank you, friend, for a beautiful post. Thank you for the honor of day 9, and the honor of sharing a post with Jenny. You are a blessing and I am so thankful that God brought our paths together! Can't wait to spend some time with you now that you are closer! Love ya! Merry Christmas!

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