Old Testament: Daniel 9:3-10
Morning Psalms: Psalms 63, 98
New Testament: Hebrews 2:10-18
Gospel: John 12:44-50
Evening Psalms: Psalms 103
“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;… Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.”
Two words in Psalm 103 stirred memories in my mind and warm feelings in my heart: Father and Angels. I am fortunate to have had a kind and loving father. My dad spent time with me, and he taught me so much about nature. I have no memory of him ever being angry with me or even spanking me. He was a man of few words, demonstrating his love through his work in our basement. In the evenings, I would sit on his work bench and watch him make or repair things. I fondly remember a wooden doll with leather legs and arms he made for me out of scraps. So when I read the gentle passages of God our Father loving us, caring for us, and wanting a relationship with us, it was easy for the memory of my own loving father to surface.
Angels are also mentioned in the above scriptures. To me, when I was a child, angels meant heavenly beings who acted as intermediaries between heaven and earth, like the angels appearing before the shepherds outside of Bethlehem to announce the Messiah’s birth. I’ve since discovered that there are earthly angels as well. When my mom was living with me, suffering from advanced dementia, I became depressed with feelings of guilt. My friend, Angie, would give me a hug, take my hands in hers, and pray with me. It helped so much. I rarely see her now, but she was my angel. As we move through this Holy time of Lent, may we be angels to others, even if only for a moment or a day or a season, sent by a kind and loving Heavenly Father. Amen.