Angels shine at Christmastime

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.”  

This well-known quote written by Alexander Pope is arresting because it is so far-flung! We all know angels are fearless. They “tread” over here; they rush to our assistance over there. Everywhere, angels, which Mary Baker Eddy describes, in part, as “God’s thoughts passing to man” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 581), bring God’s care; they sing the number one theme song of all time: “Be not afraid!” 

In his desire to draw a distinction between the foolish and the fearless, Pope succeeded by bringing in the angels. Taking his quote as “gospel,” other writers, even songwriters, are still digging it up, dusting it off, and using it today.

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