January 26

Reflection

An angel is not necessarily a celestial being. The Greek term “angelos” means “messenger.” Anyone who wakes us up to be more alive, more truly ourselves, is an “angel”. We have all met messengers in this sense. They come in the most unexpected guises. It’s not the wings that make the angel, but the message of courageous presence and creative acceptance, no matter what the moment brings.
Adapted from gratefulness.org

 

Prayer

I will praise God with a song, and magnify God with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30

 

Action

How many people can you think of who have benefited your life in the past? How many of these have you personally thanked? Do you value what they taught you?

Suggested Reading

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1Thessalonians 5:18

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
Come and see what God has done,
How awesome God’s works on our behalf!

I think when I was in my early twenties and middle twenties I didn’t even know I wasn’t living up to my potential. A couple of friends told me I wasn’t and told me to get my act together, and it made a huge impact on me.
Shirley MacLaine

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The people whose lives you touch may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
David B. Haight

The wings of angels are often found on the backs of the least likely people.
Eric Honeycutt

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Elliot

All God’s angels come to us disguised.
James Russell Lowell

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
Luciano de Crescenzo

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