Better Angels

Sometimes I’ve come so close to disaster, that I cannot explain my escape except through divine providence.  Or through a guardian angel.  I learned about him or her as a child, and reviewing the evidence, I can only thank a very paternal God for such a being.

Angels, or God’s messengers, go back to the Old Testament, and while the New Testament does have a few instances of them, they owe their visibility to Christian tradition and art.  They are prominent in the works of the great medieval and later painters.  As such they are beautiful creatures.

How can we say an angel is beautiful when we’ve never actually seen one?  There’s an old English proverb: “Handsome is as handsome does.”  You get that?  Your actions are what make you good looking.

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