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Lenten Devotions: "Faith In Angels"

This Lenten season, Bread Blog will be running a series of devotions written by Pastor Ron Glusenkamp, senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The reflections are based, in part, on the music of Peter Mayer, accomplished vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. The theme for this year's series is "Mighty This Love," named for one of Mayer's compositions (Listen to a special welcome message from Mayer).

This post is reprinted, with permission, from Glusenkamp's site, h20 devos. Audio podcast versions of the daily devotionals are also available.

Photo courtesy of Flickr user  Nick Perla

March 18, 2014

"Have a little faith in angels/You never know where they might be/Have a little faith in angels/And you might begin to see/You could have a little faith/In you and me.

—Lyrics from "Faith in Angels," by Roger Guth and Peter Mayer

In the epic miniseries The Bible, which we are watching as a congregation this Lent, there is the appearance of what I would call "ninja angels." These guys are warriors and would not be associated with greeting cards, cupids, or any kind of precious moments.

After our first week of viewing Episode 1, and also looking at a specific clip of the "Binding of Isaac," several people observed that during the books of Genesis and Exodus, there seems to be a great deal of violence. Anyone who has done a Bible survey course would come to the same conclusion.

Yesterday morning, in our discussion group about The Bible, I shared with the participants that as the story unfolds in Scripture, it is important to realize that the understanding of God also unfolds. So, a fair question would be, "Who changed?"

Did God change or did the people's perception of God change? Or both?

I'd like you to think about how you imagine or think about angels. What pictures work for you?


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