A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended to him.
Daniel’s imagery provides a fairly accurate picture of my earliest impressions of God. The adults around me succeeded in convincing me of God’s love. Still, there was something about the Almighty’s powerful presence which gave me reason to pause. The earliest days of my relationship with God included some shyness and perhaps a bit of concern when it came to my own behavior and the things I dared to pray for.
The good news is that Daniel’s imagery also inspires my faith in God’s helpers, the archangels in particular. From the time I was a little child, I turned to Michael the Archangel when fearful people or fearful circumstances threatened. Though I was unsure of how all of this worked back then, as I am now, I do recall finding great consolation under the Archangel’s watchful eye.
Though I’ve set aside the more cumbersome baggage from my childhood which stunted my growth faith-wise, I admit that I continue to turn to the Good Michael and his counterparts, Raphael and Gabriel, when those I love are in distress. Though I don’t expect them to visibly take down the adversaries involved, I do believe that these spirits remain present for as long as they are needed. Perhaps all that is required to make things right is a strong shoulder to lean on, even when we don’t realize that shoulder is there.
Loving God, thank you for all of those who guard us and guide us along the way and thank you for being with us in everything.
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