After the senseless terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California last week, it’s easy to start to feel like chaos is running our lives. We’re left to ask ourselves, why do these senseless acts of violence occur? How can we feel safe in a world where random acts of violence happen?
Thinking back to the Christmas story, Mary and Joseph had to deal with what you could characterize as a terrorist threat. King Herod had heard that in Bethlehem a baby was going to be born that would become king. Not realizing that Jesus’ kingship was nothing like his own, Herod felt threatened by this prophecy. He made a decree that all boys in and around Bethlehem that were two years old and under be killed.
Joseph knew that this was going to happen before anyone else did. How? An angel told him. Matthew 2:13 says “an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.” This angel got Joseph out of bed in the middle of the night and told him to take his family to Egypt at once because Herod was trying to kill Jesus. Joseph took the angel’s advice and left immediately.
This angel inspiration saved Jesus’ life and spared Joseph and Mary immense grief. We hear about angels like this a lot in the Bible, but you don’t hear as much about them giving messages like this today. Angels are constantly with us, at our side, and we can hear them speak when we listen. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy defines angels as “God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect;” p 581:4. This concept of angels makes a lot of sense when we think about our experience. We may not see white, winged beings descending from heaven to tell us something. But we can all relate to the feeling that a thought or a sense about something is coming from somewhere other than our own mind. These thoughts are the angel messages of God, lifting us up, directing us, or comforting us.
Angles are one of the ways in which the Christ speaks to us. When we listen to these pure and perfect intuitions from God, they empower us. They help us overcome fear, heal any physical or mental discord we may be experiencing, and lead the way into the kingdom of heaven.
Have you had an experience with angel messages? Tell us about it in the comments section below. We would also like to let you know about our upcoming Christmas Eve event, “The Gift of Christian Healing.” This new talk by Evan Mehlenbacher, CSB, will illustrate how the healing that Jesus and his disciples accomplished was not limited to their time on earth. The power of the Christ gives us a practical means of healing today. A simultaneous Spanish translation of the talk will be available for all Spanish-speaking people. Uplifting music by inspirational artist Cherie Brennan will begin at 7:00pm and Evan’s talk will begin at 7:30pm. Please join us and invite your family and friends!
You can also join us this Wednesday at 7:30pm for our Testimony Meeting on the subject of “Rejoicing,” and this Sunday at 11:00am the service is on “God the Preserver of Man.” Our Reading Room is also a great resource to dig deeper and find helpful articles on how Christian Science heals. You can join any of our services on the phone at the following conference number:
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