No More Halos For Me

“Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.” ~Olive, age 9~

raphael-angelsThat is another bit of wisdom about angels from a youngster. I love these things. Art Linkletter (anyone remember him?) used to collect these tidbits from a TV show he did many moons ago. He actually wrote a book entitled, “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” My Mother had a copy of it.

It was a great little read because it wasn’t a story. You could pick it up and start perusing anywhere. You didn’t have to read for long before you had a smile on your face. I used to grab it when I needed cheering up. I highly recommend it.

It was full of little quips similar to the one above. They were actual quotes from real, live children (and they were hilarious, precious, and outrageous). Angels always seemed to be a great topic.

“I’m not sure when they stopped.”

I love the one I quoted in the beginning of this blog because of its boldness. This nine-year-old makes no bones about it. We’ve all got it wrong. Not just a tad wrong, but ALL wrong. Any fool knows that angels no longer wear halos.

I’m not sure when they stopped (or if they ever started, for that matter). But, I’m sure Olive could fill us in.

I also love her honesty. She can’t remember why they don’t wear them anymore, but she’s not embarrassed to admit it. I suspect they just went out of heavenly style (you know how much these angels are into fashion).

On top of all that, she informs us “scientists are working on it.” I’d love to speak with one or two of those scientists. It must be a fascinating study. Celestial beings are hard to pin down (as far as I can tell), so they must have some new equipment I’ve never heard about. Still, if they can split an atom, the sky’s the limit (or maybe I should say, “Heaven’s the limit.”). Either way, it’s got to be a doozy of a laboratory they’ve put together. It would make a great Sunday School field trip.

Oh, that reminds me of something Jared (age 8) said. “Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his Son, who’s a very good carpenter.” Maybe that’s where the cloud houselaboratory is located—in one of those cloud houses. I think I spotted one the other day when I was on  a plane headed to Florida. At first, I didn’t realize what it was. Having heard Jared’s explanation, however, I’ve put two and two together. It might add up to five, but I’m about as sure of it as Olive is about the halo thing.

I’m glad a friend shared that quote with me. I was going to petition the Lord for a halo so it would be ready for me when I died. What a fashion faux pas that would have been…  

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is currently the pastor of Smith Chapel, in Great Falls, VA.]

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