So, What Do the Angels Do?

It was the end of the quarter, and next week some of Nannygranne’s class would move up to the next grade.

“Good morning, friends.  Today is the last Wednesday of this quarter.  Next week you’ll have a new class and talk about new things.  But today, I want to finish our discussion about angels.  I’m pretty sure that after today you’re going to feel really good about the angels God made to help us.”

As she talked, the students took their seats.

“I’ve given you all sorts of art supplies.  I’d like you to create something to remind you of what we’ve learned about the angels.  Who has an idea?”

Alexander’s hand flew up.  “I like knowing God has warrior angels to help protect us.”

“I liked that God made angels to be our helpers,” Emma said.

“I like that, too, Emma.  Could you come and help me read the Bible verse about that?”

They turned to Hebrews 1:14 and read.

“All the angels are spirits who serve God and are sent to help those who will receive salvation.”

“Nannygwanne?  Are there angels in this woom wight now?” Benjamin wondered.

“Benjamin, come help me look at what God says about angels being with us.”  Nannygranne opened her Bible to Hebrews 13:2 and helped Benjamin read the verse aloud.

“Always remember to help people by welcoming them into your home. Some people have done that and have helped angels without knowing it.”

“What do you think about that, Benjamin?”

Benjamin smiled and said, “I want to help an angel, too.”

“Ok, Benjamin, maybe you could make a picture of you welcoming an angel into your home.”

Jasmin had been sitting quietly, listening, looking at her paper as if trying to see what might appear on its surface.  Now she slowly raised her hand.  “Nannygranne, do we turn into angels when we get to heaven?”

“What an important question, Jasmin!  There are stories about people who are in Heaven.  Moses and Elijah came back to visit with Jesus before He died, but they weren’t angels.  Also, Samuel came back from Heaven to talk to Saul, and he wasn’t an angel.  The Bible tells us that God made angels for special jobs.  And Jesus told John that when we go to Heaven, we’ll have new bodies like Jesus had when He rose from the grave.  And He wasn’t an angel.  I think God has something even better for us to be than an angel.  What do you think?”

Jasmine smiled. Then she said, “I’m going to make the angel that came to visit Mary.”

The only sounds in the room now were quiet whispers with the sound of papers and markers as each child crafted a token of their discoveries.  Nannygranne knew their imaginations were now full of truth, as their hearts were filled with anticipation.

One more verse came to Nannygranne’s mind—Jesus’ own words of warning:

“Be careful. Don’t think these little children are not important. I tell you that these children have angels in Heaven. And those angels are always with my Father in Heaven.” Matthew 18:10

 

Author:

I am a mother, grandmother, nanny, and writer—with a passionate concern about children, all children. With the help of my son Travis (who has a graduate degree in apologetics) I hope to share some thoughts that will be helpful to all who have the same concern.

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