One of my all time favorite movies is It’s a Wonderful Life. It stars the incomparable Jimmy Stewart and moves me to tears no matter how many times I watch it. So, when I noticed that Adam Hamilton at Church of the Resurrection had based a sermon on the movie, I immediately streamed it.
Hamilton reminds us that God uses angels as messengers for all of us, though very few of these angels look a thing like Clarence Oddbody. George’s angels included his wife, Mary who called on others to help George. They included all the people who George had helped, who in turn came to George’s aid when called.
Hamilton recounts stories people have told him of the angels of their lives. Some take a supernatural flavor, as in messages from loved ones who have died. Most are angels in the form of a human being, either a stranger or someone who is known. In my own life, those angels have generally been people under 4 feet tall. Children have brought me many messages that I believe come straight from God. This is a phenomenon I have been aware of for many years, so I admittedly listen a little more carefully to children than I do to fellow grown-ups.
In his sermon, Hamilton offers food for thought. If God is using other people to bring messages to you, it only makes sense that He might call on you someday to serve as an angel for others. This idea challenges me to be alert and open to this call. When someone comes to my mind I will send up a prayer. I will contact someone I suspect is hurting or ill. I will take action when I feel an urging. As of today I accept the challenge. Like Clarence, I will be an AS2 (Angel Second Class). Then maybe-just maybe- someday I’ll get my wings.