I have read of angels and their ministry over the years, and I believe I have been the recipient of their tender care many times in my life. But the other day I saw an angel that wasn’t necessarily sent to help me in a difficult situation, but to open my eyes once more to the glory of God in ordinary people.
Last week, in one of my favorite places to worship, I turned and saw a woman who, from the moment I was in her presence, exuded faith and purity. I sensed that she had come to that place to find peace and assurance, with total faith that she would feel God near, and be able to access the healing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Just being near her touched me profoundly. I felt I was in the presence of an angel, and that I was blessed to have been near her.
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland spoke of angels, teaching that “From the beginning down through the dispensations, God has used angels as His emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children – in times of special need, He sent angels, divine messengers, to bless His children, reassure them that heaven was always very close and that His help was always very near.” *
That day as I drove home, my mind held the memory of that sweet face; that trusting heart, and the hope in the eyes of that sister who had come to commune with her Father and her Savior. I was reminded of people that I know who live their lives looking for ways to give service, who inspire me and help me see past my own needs and who exemplify Christ-like goodness and compassion. I need those reminders, and apparently God knew I needed another one that day.
God does use angels – mortal and otherwise – to convey His love for us – and to keep fresh in our minds and hearts that we are here to help each other. As we try to do that, I believe God can use us – ordinary people – just as He used that sister that day.
*The Ministry of Angels – Oct 2008