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Angels Gather Among Us

Angels Gather Among Us

PROBLEM – we don’t see the miraculous

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

The Miracle Of Breath by James Robinson.  Consider the journey of an oxygen atom. The same atom, which at this moment hovers around your face, was once in the lungs of a dinosaur.

The journey begins when you take a simple breath. For what it’s worth, the average person moves about 440 cubic feet of air every day! You ought to have a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.

The oxygen atom travels through the trachea into the lungs. If spread out, the surface area of your lungs could cover a tennis court — all compressed within the tiny confines between your ribs. That oxygen atom then hitchhikes with hemoglobin and travels throughout the entire human body via blood vessels. If those blood vessels were laid end to end they would be approximately 100,000 miles long.

The blood vessels in your body could wrap around the equator four times! At the end of the journey, oxygen enters individual cells, bonds with the food we eat and releases energy. Biologists call it cellular respiration. I’d call it a miracle.

Webster defines a miracle as ‘an extraordinary, unusual wonder or marvel. Isn’t a bloodstream 100,000 miles long, in a human body an unusual wonder? Isn’t the journey of an oxygen atom a true marvel? We don’t need supernatural events to experience a miracle! All we need is breath. The human breath is Sacred. Cherish your breathing: it is the miraculous gift of life to us from God. 

We can live as if nothing is a miracle. Or we can live as if everything is.

GOD – we miss the miraculous because it doesn’t fit in our box.

Luke 2:8-14
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

The most important event in human history is announced first to people who occupy a modest position in society.

God’s coming to shepherds with the Word would be much like seeing a headline tomorrow morning

I find it fascinating that God didn’t reveal himself to the religious leaders or influencers or the successful people

APPLICATION – peace that only God can give

Just as fast as the angels appeared in the sky, they vanished from sight and the shepherds are plunged into darkness once again.

So what kind of peace are the angels referring to? 

Three gifts of peace

  1. God’s guidance and personal presence with us
  2. The ministry of others – Angels gather among us
  3. The hope of heaven

VISION

Peace can be found no matter what the circumstances. The most real part about you is your soul, and when your soul is at peace with God, you have the capacity to endure any circumstance from this world.