When I was a little girl, I loved bedtime. Mom read a story to my brother and me, and then I curled up in my soft bed, safe and cozy, and fell asleep.
But sometimes after sleeping for a while, I woke up. My eyes were wide open, but it was too dark to see anything. I wasn’t afraid, though. I was sure my family was just down the hall, fast asleep in bed.
I knew I couldn’t go outside and play. My parents might wake up and wonder where I was. I couldn’t look at books—too dark. I couldn’t play with toys—too loud! I had to stay right there in my warm bed. But I was awake! What could I do?
Then I remembered something I learned in my Christian Science Sunday School class. I could catch angels!
Catching angels? That sounds funny. But angels aren’t hard to catch. You don’t need a special glove like when you play baseball. You don’t need a big net like when you go fishing. Why?
Because angels aren’t shiny people with feathery wings. Angels really would be hard to catch if that were true! So what are angels, anyway?
In my Sunday School class, we learned things from the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. In that book Mrs. Eddy says, “Angels are pure thoughts from God, winged with Truth and Love …” (p. 298).
Right there in my bed, I thought about how catching angels really means listening for good thoughts from God. How did I know what those angel thoughts sounded like? Since they come from God, who is Love, they must be just like Love. I thought about how much God loves me. That made me feel like smiling. I also felt kind of warm and happy inside. That good feeling made me know that I had just caught an angel—a pure thought straight from God.
Then, without saying a word out loud, I asked God if He was with me. Right away, I felt peaceful, happy, and especially loved. Those were more angels! Those good thoughts were with me right there in the dark night. They told me yes, God is right where you are—always!
The next day I was playing outside, and guess what happened? I caught more angels while I was swinging in the backyard. “Of course!” I thought. Since God is everywhere, those good angel thoughts from God have to be everywhere, too. They are with me when I’m asleep or when I’m awake—just like God is! They are with me in the middle of the dark night or in the middle of a bright and sunny day—just like God is! That made me feel happy and loved all over again.
I caught angels when I was a little girl, and I still catch them now, even though I’m a grown-up. Those loving angel messages from God are here and there and everywhere. I can catch angels and so can you!
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