The Angels on TV do miraculous things and try to set people on the right path. They look like people until they speak God's words. At that point they glow. Then they walk off into the distance and disappear.
The angels in the Christmas story are a little different. Angel Gabriel is a messenger from God. He comes. He glows (with the glory of God, we imagine). And he tells a message from God. Then he leaves. A whole slew of angels appear to the shepherds. Only one tells a message from God while the others sing praises to God. In our imaginations and paintings...they also seem to glow. The thing that is different is these Christmas angels always look like angels...not like people who transform into angels at some opportune moment. For Girl's Night we talked about angels, our perceptions and the angels we encounter in the Christmas story. The we made these cute (simple) angels from coffee filters. *(see note)
Hmmm Angels... I think they come to share a message from God...something important...to grab our attention. Their purpose seems to be to make us know definitively something God wants us to know in a way that is much louder than the still, small voice in our heads.
Thank you Father for being a God who wants so much to communicate with us, to guide us, and redeem us that you send angel messengers and even your "son", your incarnate self.