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Christmas Blessings
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Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t hear much about angels any more. It used to be a really popular topic with lots of books being written and even a TV program
– “Touched by an Angel.” Remember? Billy Graham wrote a very popular book about angels that you can still read online and from Amazon, “Angels: God’s Secret Agents.” And from that, countless books and articles have been written about the reality of angels.
Here are my answers to questions you might have about angels:
Are they real? Yes! As a man of faith and pastor I’ve experienced the presence
of angels several times in my life, but also seen the positive results from the activity of angels. I know I was protected in combat by an angel or angels and on other occa- sions of crisis or potential sudden death. I was protected so God could use me later. The plan for my life was not yet completed. The Bible has 431 references to “angels.”
Where did they come from? They were created by God to do his work. They are invisible spiritual beings most of the time, but at certain times become visible by the grace of God. When Jesus was born, his parents and others encountered the angel Gabriel to let them know he was coming, to protect Jesus at the right time, and to not be afraid. At Jesus’ birth they appeared to shepherds.
What do they do? They are God’s emissaries to the world, bringing hope and help to people. They appear in dreams and in person. In heaven there are angels who continuously praise God and keep the wor- ship of the One and Only God going for
eternity. There are more angels than can be counted.
Are there evil angels? Yes. The Bible tells us that some rebelled against God. “Satan,” or “Lucifer,” or “the Devil,” and his following angels (demons) chose to break from God’s holy and perfect plan and they were cast from heavenly perfection and limited to earth. These demons engage in encouraging people to embrace the sin and separation from God that makes the pain of this world so real. They tear people apart from God and from families and good relationships and can only kill and destroy. Jesus was tempted by Satan, who even quoted Scripture! But Jesus confronted Satan with the real truth of Scripture. “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
But the good news is that Satan’s power to destroy is limited and only temporary! God’s power and plan will always prevail in your life as you put your ultimate faith and trust in God.
Do you always know when you’ve experienced the presence of a good
angel of God? No. So we’re encouraged to always do the good and right thing for all people. The Bible says, “Don’t forget
to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!” ~ Hebrews 13:2 New Living Translation
Is there an angel assigned to you?
Yes! Psalm 91:11 states: “For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.” This is a powerful reminder from God that He is with you always and that He is on your side ready to help you resist evil and to choose to do good.
Just some thoughts for you as you prepare again for the real meaning of Christmas and remember that you have hope because God is always with you.
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With slippery winter weather around the corner you can take steps to prevent falls.
“By taking a few simple measures, falls can often be prevented,” said Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon. “It’s important to make sure everyone takes the time to learn more about how they can protect themselves, as well as older friends and relatives.”
A combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls. Experts recommend:
• Physical activity regimen with balance.
• Strength training and flexibility
• Consulting with a health professional
about getting a fall risk assessment.
• Having medications reviewed
• Getting eyes and hearing checked
• Making sure the home environment is
safe and supportive.
Senior centers across the United States
have evidence-based programs like Matter of Balance and Tai Chi which help older adults gain strength, improve balance, and increase confidence.
Local Area Agencies on Aging will have information on these programs in Michigan – visit to find services. Also ask at your area Commission on Aging, and in Calhoun County at Senior Health Partners.
For resources and tips about how to work with your healthcare provider to prevent falls, visit injuryprevention. To locate falls-prevention classes through the Great at Any Age pro- gram, visit to see what is being offered near you.
More information is available through the National Council on Aging, and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also offers Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries resources for health care providers at
Rev. Dr. James Gysel, Special to Senior Times

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