By Ralphine Major

At first glance, there seemed to be a divine aura about it.  The country road looked like it was  leading straight up into the heavens.  The mountains, barely visible above the fog, added to the unusual setting.  I looked at it for several minutes as I tried to grasp the photo’s beauty and mystique.  For some reason, it brought to mind a story in the week’s news cycle.

It was a follow-up to the heart-wrenching report that captivated the world a few months ago when a little boy was thrown from the balcony at a mall.  Now, the five-year-old is telling that the angels caught him!  How amazing!  As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of the Christ Child who was sent to save the world, a real-life story emerges from the mouth of a child.  The angels, God’s messengers, caught him.  I believe him.  We sing about angels.  We read about angels.  Sometimes, we may even see angels!  They are more than ornaments on a tree or figures in a church program.

Angels were an important part of that first Christmas as told in Luke 2:15 (KJV):  “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  Even as they were a vital part of the first Christmas, angels are still a part of our lives today.  A little child told us as much.