His appearance was like lightning,
and his clothes were white as snow.
The guards were so afraid of that they
and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,
for I know that you are looking for Jesus,
who was crucified. He is not here;
he has risen, just as he said.
The reassuring message in Hudson’s devotional today is that we are not left ALONE to roll away the stones that keep us from having the loving and compassionate lives that Jesus wants us to have. He tells us that we, like the women who came to the tomb, are surrounded by Angels to help us.
What does an Angel do? Besides throwing their shoulder to the work and shoving at that stone alongside us, they can help us understand what has happened in our life. In the scripture the Angel explains to the women that Jesus has overcome death and been resurrected just as he said he would. He’s alive again, and THEY are witnesses of the good news.
What does an Angel look like in our lives? Sometimes they come to us in very human forms: family members, friends, pastors, counselors… People who are able to encourage us on our journeys, help us to discern the right paths for our lives. Maybe they’re even a stranger. (Sometimes strangers understand our stones better than family and friends!) Whoever they are, they are messengers from God who can bring light into our darkness, hope into our despair.
There are other ways Angels may come to us — more “spiritual” ways. Significant dreams that alert us to obstacles we haven’t considered in the light of day; in wide-awake visions from which we draw strength, or a total surprise idea that suddenly presents itself suggesting possibilities we hadn’t thought of before. Or sometimes an Angel may come to us in the words of a Gospel reading like these Eastertide verses. And let’s not forget the whispers in our hearts that are answers to prayer…
No matter how these Angels appear to us, their message is to help us understand more deeply the good news, just like the Angel did with the women at the empty tomb.
For his daily practice today Hudson recommends we ask God to help us become more aware of the Angels in our lives. He suggests that we reflect on the past day and ask ourselves if there was a moment when we experienced life and light and hope touching our dark stones. If so, we should thank God for the experience and be wide awake looking for those Angelic encounters every day.
How about it? Did you have an Angelic moment yesterday?