Do those who pass be­come an­gels?

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DEAR CHAP­LAIN>> My grand­mother died and my aunts and un­cles be­lieve she’s a guardian an­gel pro­tect­ing our fam­ily. If this is true do you think she ever al­low us to see her? Signed, Miss­ing our An­gel

DEAR MISS­ING OUR AN­GEL>> I’m sorry for your loss. Your grand­mother must have been a very spe­cial per­son. There are many dif­fer­ent re­li­gious be­liefs con­cern­ing an­gels. As Chris­tians, we look to the Bi­ble as an au­thor­ity on the sub­ject. Ac­cord­ing to the Bi­ble, heav­enly an­gels are min­is­ter­ing spir­its who serve God through: mu­sic, wor­ship, de­liv­er­ing mes­sages to his peo­ple, pro­tect­ing his peo­ple, and car­ry­ing out his judge­ments. Their pur­pose is to serve God and to carry out his will, as as­signed. Heav­enly an­gels also help us to com­plete our mis­sion here on earth. (“Are not all an­gels min­is­ter­ing spir­its sent to serve those who will in­herit sal­va­tion?” He­brews 1:14) Al­though it may be a com­fort­ing thought that earthly peo­ple turn into heav­enly an­gels af­ter they’ve passed on, but it’s just not bib­li­cal. The only way we can get into a heav­enly realm is through faith in his Son Je­sus Christ and be­lief in his death, burial, and res­ur­rec­tion for the for­give­ness of our sins. Hu­mans are spe­cial be­cause we have something an­gels do not have, which is a tes­ti­mony of how we were re­deemed, hav­ing re­ceived an­other op­por­tu­nity to dwell with the Lord eter­nally. I do not be­lieve your grand­mother is a guardian an­gel, but rather the won­der­ful per­son God orig­i­nally cre­ated her to be. And though I don’t be­lieve she has the

au­thor­ity to al­low you to see her again on Earth, I’m most sure she wants to see you again in heaven where she can be with you, for­ever.

DEAR CHAP­LAIN>> I got into some le­gal trou­ble a few years ago and to this day I’m still pay­ing for it. My prob­lem is I let my emo­tions get the best of me es­pe­cially when I’m an­gry. Ev­ery since my friend in­vited me to church about year ago it has re­ally changed my life, but I‘m still strug­gling with anger and con­trol­ling my emo­tions when peo­ple ag­gra­vate me. How can I stay calm, es­pe­cially when I’m an­gry? And please don’t say to pray. I’m not good at that and it doesn’t re­ally work for me. Signed, Get­ting Bet­ter

DEAR GET­TING BET­TER>> Thank you for your ques­tion. Please know that you’re not alone try­ing to over­come per­sonal strug­gles, we all have them, just in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of our lives. It’s a good thing to uti­lize healthy sup­port sys­tems such as a church. Per­haps they of­fer spir­i­tual or Chris­tian coun­sel­ing for anger is­sues as well. I would also en­cour­age you to mem­o­rize a few scrip­tures on tem­per­ance and self con­trol, such as Proverbs 16:32; 21:23; and 29:11. The idea is to be proac­tive and not re­ac­tive. So, even be­fore you be­come an­gry or emo­tional you’re al­ready pre­pared to talk your­self down using scrip­tures. You may also want to try a self-care tool some coun­selors use called “H.A.L.T”. This is an acro­nym you can post to vis­ually re­mind your­self to “H.A.L.T” or stop when you’re “hun­gry”, “an­gry”, “lonely” or “tired”, and not to make any ma­jor de­ci­sions. This is when we’re weak­est and most sus­cep­ti­ble to act­ing with­out think­ing, al­low­ing tem­po­rary feel­ings to cause us to make per­ma­nent de­ci­sions that could neg­a­tively im­pact our lives. Af­ter you “H.A.L.T”, step away from the per­son, sit­u­a­tion or is­sue and take a pre es­tab­lished cool­ing off pe­riod to calm your­self and gain con­trol over your emo­tions. Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is bro­ken down and with­out walls.” Know that as you ma­ture in the things of God the more tem­per­ate, even keeled, pa­tient, and for­giv­ing you’ll be­come.

Ask the Chap­lain is writ­ten by Rev. Dayna Spence, an or­dained min­is­ter, li­censed evan­ge­list, and chap­lain who’s served as a hos­pi­tal chap­lain and is cur­rently serv­ing as a hospice chap­lain Ch­ester County area. Please email “Ask the Chap­lain” at 4thechap­ or write to, PO Box 1284, West Ch­ester, PA 19380.

Dayna Spence

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