An angel flew past me—no more than the size of a toddler with the wings of a glowing swan. A red ball cap kept his wild hair contained.
“Did I trick you? Did I?” He asked.
I picked him up and swung him around and around, “Yes, you did. Good job.”
He laughed from his belly and hugged me tight around the neck.”
I put the child angel down on the red-leaved paved road in the Autumn Forest. He shook his wings and checked them curiously to pull the lodge leaves out of his feathers. He laughed!
“Zokiel, my boy. Where are you?”
The angel hid behind me when an unknown voice called. His eyes twinkled as he covered his lips with his finger playfully. I chuckled through my rough pat on his head.
A tall angel descended in front of us and caused the leaves to stir in a whirlwind. He crossed his arms, allowing his muscles to bulge out. His sleeveless tunic glowed with fire, but he was warm, not too hot—enough warmth like a fireplace. His four red wings were bright like a star. He raised one eyebrow, “Micah, where is my son, Zokiel?”
Roiel, his father, looked slightly to the left, “Hey buddy. I can see you. You and the others have homes to visit this Thanksgiving.” Roiel grabbed the boy’s arm and pulled him to his side, “Come on.”
The boy angel mischievously smiled.
“Let’s fix that hair of yours.” Roiel brushed Zokiel’s hair back, then put his hat back on his head. “There.” Roiel licked his thumb and then wiped the dirt from Zokiel’s face.
Roiel stood up with pride for his son, “Go. Fly to the Throne of God; I will be right behind you. Zokiel turned into a small orb and flew away.
Roiel looked at me, “There is so much you don’t know, but that’s ok. Angels of Gratitude will visit every home that welcomes God’s presence. You will have full bellies of love and joy! Jesus, the healer, has laid hands on these small angels to release gifts to each family, Micah. An abundance of joy, healing, laughter, and love are gifts from these little angels coming.”
“My theology broke.” I stuttered.
Roiel responded quickly, “Well, that’s not my problem, buddy. Learn to let it go.” He winked at me. He vanished.