Doctrine of Angels
And there are also many other things that Jesus did,
which if they were written one by one, I suppose
that even the world itself could not contain
the books that would be written. Amen.
JOHN 21:25 NKJV
Prissie was working on the group project. But her research into the tenets of the Christian faith had taken an interesting turn. Or uninteresting. She wasn’t entirely sure what to do with the information she’d found.
Koji slid into the chair beside hers and remarked, “You have read much and written little.”
“I’m on a rabbit trail.”
His head slowly tipped to the side. “You are reading about … rabbits?”
“Angels.” She showed him a paperback she’d borrowed from the church library. “This distracted me from the other theologies I needed to look up. You guys made it into books.”
“Angelology.” Koji accepted the book and checked the back cover. “The theology of angels.”
“I was curious.”
With a vague hum, the young Observer fanned through pages. “What have you learned?”
Prissie grudgingly admitted, “Not much. It’s hard to read.”
Koji glanced up. “Does this record’s vocabulary exceed your understanding?”
They’d run up against this problem before in research, but this wasn’t one of those times. “No. It’s hard to read because it makes you sound boring. It’s all lists and facts and cross references.”
Slowing down to read, Koji nodded solemnly. “This is a faithful record of the biblical passages in which angels appear.”
Again, he gave her his full attention. “Why have you become frustrated?”
“Because it’s boring,” she stubbornly repeated. “And you’re not.”
He closed the book and folded his hands over its cover. “Can you be more specific?”
“Well, it says you’re bright as a flash of lightning. But they don’t explain that it’s not a cold flicker with a thunderclap chasing it. You’re warm and steady. And there are always songs. This book says that angels in the Bible don’t sing, they only speak!”
Koji’s lips quirked.
Prissie went on. “And I don’t like that angels are these nameless, faceless generalities. I’d never put Harken and Jedrick and Baird on the same page. Angels are individuals. You’re people with personalities. And you’re each nice in your own way.”
Scooting closer and taking her hand, Koji quietly said, “What this book says is true.”
“But it doesn’t go far enough.” Prissie fumbled for the right words to explain her dissatisfaction. “It skips all the good parts, all the friendly things.”
The young Observer patted her hand comfortingly. “In the same way, you have shaped my understanding of humanity. If I were to write your account, I am certain my attempt would fall short. You are also more than words.”
Prissie lowered her voice to the tiniest of whispers. “Is it the same with heaven and … with God?”
Koji’s expression shifted between awe and relief. “You do understand. Indeed, yes.” Joy sparkled in his eyes, he whispered, “If everything were written down, the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. And still, these faithful records would fall short.”
“Because God is so much more than words,” Prissie ventured.
“Amen and amen.”
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