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We’re no angels
Christine Wentzel
by Christine Wentzel
June 17, 2024

“Do not fail to show love to strangers, for by doing this some have welcomed angels without realizing it” (Hebrews 13:2 EHV).

“BC” was a societal outcast; an older man with untreated mental illness, stronghold addictions, and physical disabilities. He was homely, disheveled, and unwashed. He was prone to angry outbursts and untethered joy. He possessed an infectious smile overlaying dirty teeth. He was outwardly unique in our Christian congregation. Was he our visiting angel?

Soon after my prodigal return, God worked on my residual worldliness. BC was one of many faith-building lessons. When I first spotted BC, I had a knee-jerk, sin-filled reaction of distaste. One Sunday service, I walked passed him to reach the very last pew. It was empty enough to accommodate my personal space from the rest of the flock. Just as I settled in, BC climbed over me, sat at my hip, and grabbed the hymnal out of my hands. My eyes watered from the alcoholic fumes; I was ready to bolt. Suddenly, Hebrews 13:2 spoke as a whispered memory and instantly convicted my pride-filled heart. 

“God, forgive me for this sin of self-righteousness. Help me see BC as you see him, as you see me. Help me love BC as you love him, as you love me. Amen.”

I turned to face BC and asked, “Will you share that hymnal with me?” Together we worshiped our triune God. We were no angels. We were a family in Christ. We learned and grew under God’s care. One day we will be united in heaven and live in loving harmony forever.