The 40 Year Old Bat Mitzvah

The Universe Is Sending Me a Message

Posted in philosophizing, spirituality by Juliet on March 29, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about angels lately.

Not Hallmark greeting card angels, but biblical angels. Jewish angels.

In Bereishit (Genesis) angels are sent to perform duties, or as messengers or helpers. These are worker bee angels, if you will.

I put the question out there on Twitter last week: Do you believe in angels? I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the past few days.

In reply, here’s what the universe served up:

While running back and forth through a hallway at our four year old’s preschool carrying pitchers of water to fill the “sea-life activity table,” a book literally jumped off the shelf right in front of me.

It did jump.

Nothing else fell. Nobody else was in the hall. There wasn’t an earthquake. Nobody pushed the bookcase.

I bent down to pick it up and saw it was about…angels.

The next morning, while browsing at a used bookstore, my four year old kept handing me her picks for me to read.

“Here, mom. You should read this one.” (A book about gardening. Then a book about the civil war. Then a romance.)

She did that five or six times, and yup, the last book she placed in my hands was the exact same book about angels.

I bought it. I will read it. Stay tuned.

A Book of Angels
by Sophy Burnham
Ballantine Books, 2004

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