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Here's a thought for Feb. 10

February 10, 2012
By the Rev. David Wall, interim pastor , Marshall Independent

First Lutheran Church, Marshall

Is Angelology even a world?

If it is, it could mean the study of angels. The month of February finds us about half way between Christmas and Easter. At Christmas, we hear the angel in the gospel of Luke saying not to be afraid and that good news and joy are the message of this holy messenger. At the resurrection account in John, we hear a question from one of the two angels sitting where Jesus had been lying in the grave and the angel asks a question of Mary. (No answer from this angel - just a question about her tears.)

I have not studied angels formally but have heard these and other scripture references to biblical angels or angel-like appearances all of my life. I have done a significant amount of commuting for nearly 17 years and someone thought I should have this pin for the visor in my car which reads, "Don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly." Probably good advice for us all, so maybe cruise control and guardian angels have something in common.

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18, and 19, at First Lutheran, Marshall, all are welcome to come hear Scott Gottschalk preach and teach on his significant encounters with death (27 at least) and how he speaks of God's protection through angels and other life-giving protection from God.

Two of my favorite movies (entertainment, not "angelology") are "Michael" with John Travolta as an angel and "City of Angels" with Nicholas Cage as an angel. They are entertainment, but they do give the message about human life and our relationship with God and how angels may or may not be able to impact that relationship.

So in this inbetween time of February, I invite you to hear the words of the Luke angel who says don't be afraid and to hear the message of good news and great joy for all people. Peace to you for the journey.



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