Monday, 08 January 2018 14:14

Hope and the Angel Gabriel

Written by  Rebecca Rose Morris
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Four days before Christmas, I found myself at the Montgomery Humane Society adopting a beautiful little black puppy. 

I was finally ready after losing my beloved 11-year-old shelter dog to cancer last year. He was named Clarence, after the guardian angel inIt’s a Wonderful Life, because I truly believe that he was a gift from God to give me hope and comfort during an extremely difficult time in my life.

 

So, what to name this new little guy? I think I’ll stick with my angel theme.

 

In scripture, we are told that angels play many roles. They deliver messages, offer protection and direction, accompany the lonely, and fight God’s battles.  They give us hope for the future by reminding us that God is sovereign and active in our lives. Angels remind us of God’s holiness and power, and also of his love and care for us.

 

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11

 

“And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him.”   Luke 22:43

 

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  Hebrews 13:2

 

In scripture, angels were used by God to deliver important messages. The most important message delivered by an angel is found in the Gospel of Luke, where the angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that God’s Son would be born to her and bring hope to the world. “Fear not,” he said. As the new year begins, the secular world joins us in yearning for a happier, healthier life.  But, as Christians, we know that our hope was represented by Christmas, not New Year’s Day.

 

As this new year begins, we have an opportunity to share this hope in every action we take and every word that we say. Many among us struggle to find hope in the darkness. Many people face crises that many of us could never imagine, wrestling with broken relationships, abuse, anxiety, depression and grief.  It is likely that you have people in your life that are hurting and broken.  Reach out to them. 

 

There is hope in Christ Jesus, and there is practical help available. Samaritan Counseling Center is a faith-based non-profit with the mission of providing help for mind, body, and spirit.

 

So, what to name this new little guy? 

 

I’ll call him Gabriel to remind me every day of God’s powerful message and gift of hope.

 

 

 

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