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*Guest post by Delia Latham
Let’s talk about angels.
Down through the ages, they have consistently held a place of interest and fascination among human beings. Various versions of them can be found in almost every section of every gift store in America. Angel shapes (from cherubs to seraphim), haloes, wings…they swing from key rings and rearview mirrors. Dusted with jewels and coated with gold, silver, bronze…they hang from women’s necks, perch on their fingers and dangle from their wrists. Angel art is one of the easiest to find, because these creatures make gorgeous (and lucrative!) subjects. Movies and books force them into molds dreamed up by a plethora of writers’ imaginations, all of which further stoke the fire of our hunger to know more about these stunning winged creatures.
What is it about them that unfailingly holds our attention and sparks our collective imagination?
Certainly, they are thought to be beautiful, and Lucifer was certainly recorded as such. Powerful? Oh, yes. God created angels with the ability to carry out His instructions, no holds barred.
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God. That, in my opinion, is why we little humans are so caught up in the world of angels. Because these glorious creatures see God…dwell with Him…move in His midst, see His light, hear His voice, feel His touch. Angels have such a place of honor in Heaven. Why wouldn’t we be not only fascinated, but even somewhat envious of their relationship with God?
Except…it is we humans God created in His own image. We are the chosen “masterpiece” into whom He breathed His own breath of life. You and I. We alone, in all of God’s amazing universe, can experience redemption and salvation. We alone can know the unmatched glory of being our Father’s family. His children. His heirs.
So yes, I write about angels. I hold them in immense respect. A visitation from one of them would be a distinct honor and privilege.
But I wouldn’t trade places with the angels. Not in a million years.
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So…should you ever read a Delia Latham novel, please know that God provided the inspiration, and I love writing the stories He gives me. I hope you’ll continue to watch movies about angels. Study them, if you choose to do so. If you’re ever granted the privilege of coming into contact—visual or otherwise—with one of them, consider yourself immensely blessed.
I’ll be doing those things too. And our interest in angels is OK. They are heavenly beings, and God’s special messengers.
But know this. YOU are God’s chosen creation, and as such, hold a place in His heart that is far above the angels. It is YOU who will experience the glory of the rapture, and know the joy of God’s unbounded favor in Heaven.
What a glorious experience to see the face of Christ! What a blessing it will be to interact with the angels!
But when we sing The Song of the Redeemed, the angels will have to fold their beautiful wings and simply listen. They can’t join in our song.
That, my friend, will be a sound of harmony made only by you and me. God’s chosen children.
No angel will ever know that kind of immeasurable joy!
Revelation 14:3 (KJV)—And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Born and raised in Weedpatch, California, Delia Latham moved to Oklahoma in '08, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. She's a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She loves Dr. Pepper and hearing from her readers. Contact her through her website (www.delialatham.net) or send an e-mail to: delia AT delialatham DOT net.
Delia writes inspirational romance and women's fiction, and is currently contracted through White Rose Publishing and Vinspire Publishing.
About Delia's latest novel, Jewels for the Kingdom:
Pia Peretti’s past could destroy her future. Thanks to her pre-Christian lifestyle, she can’t marry a believer, and she won’t marry a non-believer. Minister David Myers wants to help Pia release her guilt and trust that God has forgiven her...but the young minister is working through his own trial of faith.
After a failed counseling session with a wounded soul, David's confidence is shaken. He accepts a new pastorate, and moves to Angel Falls to find a haven for his wounded heart.
Is it possible these two hurting hearts are meant to mend each other’s brokenness with some divine intervention?