One Surprised Angel
Even if he were the most devoted and dedicated angel in all of heaven,
Gabriel must have been taken by surprise
The Almighty, Immortal, Omnipotent God of all Creation
Was going to become one of those frail, fallible, fearful humans.
Before Gabriel could decide if he had heard correctly,
God springs another surprise.
Gabriel must go to the backwater town of Nazareth
And tell a poor, peasant teenager that she is to be the Mother of God.
The bearer of the Holy One.
Did Gabriel had to stifle the urge to blurt out “Seriously?”
Did his face betray his astonishment at this assignment?
Surely angels are wiser than humans.
Surely angels know that God always knows best.
Perhaps Gabriel asked no questions at all, and
Went immediately to deliver the news
to an unsuspecting teenage girl
whose world was about to be turned upside down, and
who would change the world forever.
Rev. Anne Russ is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), currently based in New York City. Doubting Believer is an online, inclusive and progressive Christian community. Follow us on Facebook and get emails to keep up with all that is happening.
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