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Matt and God's army of angels

It was the first day of first grade. Matt was feeling a little bit nervous. He had ridden the school bus to kindergarten, but he kept wondering if this time the ride would be different. He had gone to meet his new teacher and to see his classroom a few days before, but this was first grade! What if the teacher asked him something he didn't know? Would there be anyone in his class that he knew? ...

Matt got out of bed and went to cuddle with his mom. He told her that he was nervous. Mom didn't laugh or tell him he was silly. Instead she tried to help him by talking a little about what would happen when he got on the bus and what would happen in the classroom and at lunch. Mom explained that if the teacher asked the children questions, she was just checking to see what she needed to teach them.

Then, Mom said something that Matt hadn't thought about before. She said that God's "innumerable company of angels" would be with him. These words are from a passage in the Bible in the book of Hebrews (chapter 12, verse 22). Mom asked Matt if he knew what innumerable meant. It's a very big word, and Matt had to try a few times before he could even say it. She explained that innumerable means "too many to be counted."

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Abraham and Isaac
August 30, 1993

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