Christmas angels

"All night, all day, Angels watching over me, my Lord." I still remember how reassured I always felt, as a youngster, by the idea in this old spiritual that angels were watching over me. At that time, little did I really appreciate the significance of those watchful angels.

Years later my husband and I were in New York City near Christmas, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art we saw the Angel Tree. At the wooden base of this magnificent tree is placed a colorful collection of eighteenth-century Neapolitan creche figures displaying a panoramic view of the nativity scene. The tree itself is covered with miniature angels tenderly looking down at the manger scene. The realization dawned on me that the invisible angels of God's love are always with us, "hovering" over us all.

Christmas 1996
December 9, 1996

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