Strength and Honour
The streets of heaven were lined with angels from every part of the universe. They all stared and pointed as warrior angels escorted Angel Mikel and Angel Sonia through.
Angel Sonia looked scared and her eyes darted around in anxiety. Angel Mikel scanned the faces around him as he walked and saw a mixture of pity and curiosity. These were the two angels who had disobeyed Angel Gabriel, and the punishment would be severe. In the Bible is a story of Lucifer, an angel who became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honour and glory that belonged to God alone. This was the sin that preceded Adam’s sin, and Lucifer was cast out of heaven.
The palace stairs were steep and loomed with power. Angel Mikel and Angel Sonia, walked past the sentries into a hall as sparkly as they had ever seen. Warriors in white tunics stood at attention and seemed to be one with the wall.
“You disobeyed my command,” a deep voice growled.
Angel Mikel and Angel Sonia both dropped on their knees and bowed their heads. “Strength and honour,” they yelled.
“You can rise and answer my question.” Angel Gabriel sat on a silver chair and stared down at the young angels. Angel Mikel tried to read the big angel’s face but there was nothing there. There was no anger or joy, and that was even more unnerving.
“There was a little girl in trouble,” Angel Mikel said. “I couldn’t watch her suffer. I couldn’t let the demons kill her father. Angel Sonia had nothing to do with this.”
Angel Sonia bit her lip. “I drove the sword into the demon. I offered to help rescue the girl. I will accept the punishment and consequences.”
Angel Gabriel rose from his chair. He was so tall; he looked like he was touching the ceiling. Unlike the warriors, he wore a white gown that fell to the ground. “The last angel who disobeyed God was cast from heaven. Are you ready to accept this punishment?”
Both Angel Mikel and Angel Sonia fell on their knees. They both had tears in their eyes and could not find the strength to respond. Angel Gabriel walked down the stairs and helped them both to their feet. He used his fingers to wipe down their tears, making eye contact the whole time. He did not need to say anything. “Angel Nathan!” he called.
A huge angel appeared from a wall and stood behind the young angels. Angel Gabriel walked up the stairs and turned with a slight wave. “They are all yours Angel Nathan. I don’t know what to do with them.”
Angel Nathan shepherded the young angels out of the palace. “Follow me,” he growled as he rose on powerful wings.
Angel Mikel and Angel Sonia spread their wings and flew after the warrior. Behind them, Angel Mikel turned one last time and saw the last sparkle as the palace disappeared. Ahead of them was the galaxies and its numerous stars.
They arrived on earth after many days of flying and perched on top of a mountain. Angel Nathan was quiet and seemed deep in thought. The young angels did not dare question him. Unable to resist the anxiety of the moment, Angel Sonia reached out and touched Angel Mikel’s hand. Without making eyes contact, Angel Mikel took her hand and squeezed it. The message was clear, they were in this together.
They flew down the mountain at a cruising pace and this time Angel Mikel tried to see things differently. The new word was free will, and that is what God had given the people. The ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded.
Suddenly, Angel Nathan dove down and landed on top of a house. The weather was cold in this town and Angel Mikel wondered what part of the world this was. Angel Nathan sat on the rooftop and sighed. The two young angels sat next to him and waited for him to say something. He took his time and seemed to enjoy tormenting them.
Finally, the huge warrior grinned, and said. “Why are you looking at me? Look down into the house.”
Angel Mikel looked into the house and saw a family of five sitting at a table. The family prayed and then started having dinner. It was a beautiful sight.
“Look, over there!” Angel Sonia suddenly said.
“Where?” Angel Mikel leaned forward, their cheeks almost touching.
“The chair near the window.”
And suddenly Angel Mikel saw it. It was Diana, the little girl they had rescued.
“She will stay here until her father recovers,” Angel Nathan said as he stretched in a yawn “I think I will take a nap now.”
Both Angel Mikel and Angel Sonia rushed over and hugged him. The huge warrior laughed and looked happy.
“I thought we were in trouble,” Angel Mikel said. “I was so scared.”
Angel Nathan brushed Angel Sonia’s cheeks and then lay a hand on Angel Mikel’s shoulder. “You must always remember, strength and honour.”
“Strength and honour!” the two young angels yelled.
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