Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor
An Angel's Touch Bringing a Spiritual Perspective to World Events and Daily Life
I have felt it. And you can too. But just what are angels, and how can we feel their presence? The woman who established this newspaper, Mary Baker Eddy, wrote of angels as "God's thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect; the inspiration of goodness, purity, and immortality, counteracting all evil, sensuality, and mortality" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 581).
Angels are not mystical, winged creatures. They are ideas that guide, guard, and comfort. In Biblical days, angels inspired, forewarned, and protected people, as when they heralded the birth of Christ Jesus, and afterward when an angel instructed Joseph to flee into Egypt with his family, to prevent Jesus from being killed by King Herod (see Matthew, chaps. 1-2; Luke, chap. 2).
Several hundred years earlier, a prophet named Elijah had twice heard critical angel messages as he fled for his life from Queen Jezebel. Despondent and suicidal, Elijah received from an angel guidance and the courage to proceed (see I Kings 19:1-8). Angels remind us that we are the children of a loving God, who exist to reflect His nature. When the apostle Peter was imprisoned for preaching the Word of God, an angel freed him (see Acts, chap. 12). Regardless of whether one is in a mental or a physical prison, angels can release us from bondage. As some people are discovering today, God's saving and instructing informants are not relegated to the past. Inspiration from God is ever available to awaken you to a clearer perception that He is present. You don't even have to be in life-threatening situations to be touched by an angel. In daily life, you can cultivate the humble, earnest desire to listen for the ideas that God is constantly sending. As one lets go of self-centeredness, human will, and fear and opens the heart, better, more productive thoughts come to light. Because they represent God, angel thoughts help us structure our days so that they are safe and joyous. Angels aid us in discerning the mental causes of human conditions. They assist us in adopting better attitudes that will help other people. …