Friday, May 07, 2010

angel baby

Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. Matthew 12:24-25

I have been thinking a lot about what it will be like for Amelia when she heads home to heaven and in turn, what it will be like to see her in heaven when I get there...

I often refer to Amelia as my angel baby. At this point, since she is very much alive, I call her my angel baby because I feel she has been sent to me and though I can not "see" her I am assured of her presence...which does in deed remind me of an angel. It is a term of endearment to call her angel baby. But I wonder, when she leaves our arms for the arms of her heavenly father should I still call her my angel baby? Are we angels in heaven or are we just people in heaven?

Honestly, I have not thought in depth about angels until now...

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a mighty shout,“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.They sang,“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:9-17


Unknown said...

Guess I should visit Trinity in Glenwood more often...pastor just had a sermon on this. We are saints in heaven...Saint Amelia-has a nice ring to it don't you think!

Becky said...

In Psalm 8, it refers to man (both man and the God-Man) being made "a little lower than angels". I believe this state is temporary, and that in heaven we will be much more than that. I think as persons on earth we are comforted thinking of loved ones as angels, but when we stop to think about it, do we really want our loved ones to have that kind of responsibility? Or would we prefer that they just bask in the glory of the Father? I am paraphrasing the words of Nancy Guthrie from a recent bible study (Hoping for Something Better p. 13). The truth is that your daughter is about to experience a redemption so wonderful that none of us can even fathom (1 Corinthians 15)!! You are a remarkable person and your courage and faith is astounding. Much love and prayers!!
The Carlans

Unknown said...

I am a little confused by this myself. I kind of look at it as there are ranks of angels and Lilly may not be an "angel" as far as the Bible is concerned or God...but that is the term I refer to her in and I feel God does not mind.

love and prayers

Becky said...

Good point, Elena! I think we all refer to our children as angels because of the way they manifest God's grace in our lives! Happy Mother's Day!

Anonymous said...

I am sitting here in a public library crying as I read your blog. My baby's birthday will be this Wednesday. He had anencephaly and died after 4 days at home. You'll never regret your decision to enjoy your baby as long as you can. God bless you. I wish you all the best.

Unknown said...

I have always used the word angel as a term of endearment b/c I don't believe us humans can be angels. I believe God made us separate beings.