To entertain angels

Many people think of angels as supernatural beings in human or animal form. The Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, describes them this way: "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (p. 581). An angel, then, is not a messenger, but a message. So when we "entertain" angels, to use an expression from the book of Hebrews (see 13:2), we are really entertaining messages from God.

Some dictionary definitions of entertain are "to receive, to take into consideration, to contemplate, to hold in mind." So in entertaining angels, we are receiving God's messages, contemplating them, considering them.

Spiritual stillness
April 11, 1994

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