These chalkware angels were a gift from my aunt and uncle when I was a little girl in the 1970s. Aren’t they sweet?
The girl is a music box, and plays Lara’s Theme. I used to love winding her up and watching her twirl, waiting to see if she’d stop in the perfect “kissing” position to meet her fellow angel. I’d do it over and over until she stopped just right!
Chalkware was created as an affordable alternative to expensive porcelain figurines only the wealthy could afford. It’s typically made from gypsum and plaster, often hollow, with a heavy base to prevent tipping.
One of the pastors at our church recently gave a wonderful talk about angels, as the Bible presents them. I was really interested in this, and took notes. I’ll share just a few with you.
- God often bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth with angels.
- “Angel” means “messenger” or “one who is sent”. The word is used 300 times in the Bible.
- Angels are supernatural beings distinctly separate from the human race.
- They are not deceased humans.
- They are limited in number. There are a lot of them, but they are limited, not infinite.
- They are created beings that cannot be destroyed.
Some scripture relating to angels:
English Standard Version (ESV)
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
New International Version (NIV)
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
New King James Version (NKJV)
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
It’s interesting to see these chalkware angels, a person’s creation from the image in their mind of what angels might look like, with harps and wings, child-like, and then to see what a pastor’s interpretation is of what the Bible describes them to be.
Not quite the same thing, are they?
I still love my little chalkware angels from my aunt and uncle, now in Heaven among the real angels.
And I am glad to know that God created His angels, to come among us, to help us, to bridge the gap.
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