I once heard a radio announcer asking people if they believe in Angels. I was surprised at how varied the answers were. This Angel Christmas card gives the essence of Christian beliefs, the hope of all the world is born.
Old religions have multiple Gods that guard against storms, or praise the sun, or other natural events. The Angels are only manifested with Christianity. I’ve seen bibles with beautiful depictions of angels, but no precise description of an angel was written during that time, just that they would appear. Who, then, depicted the first angel to know what they are supposed to look like? I’m not a religious scholar and someone of you might know the answer to that.
Artists of today, decide for themselves but they were guided by painted images of Christ that we see from early paintings and statuary, and artist’s renditions in bibles. Angels are mostly depicted as women, but the bible mentions men’s names for angels. From a museum work of art-this male angel has no wings.
Out of the protective and holy spirit of angels, came the guardian angel. And, later a Valentine cherub with his bow and arrows. All stemmed from the original angel that lead the shepherds to Bethlehem.
Angels not only represent witness to Jesus birth, but to peace and love and comfort. This artist included all races; the whole world. Some Christian religions believe their beliefs are the one and only true messengers of God, ignoring that Muslims and Hindus outnumber Christians in the world. The God’s of Egypt are long un-dieified, but their belief in them was profound and literally moved mountains-with the assistance of slaves.
My favorite card is this one, where crabby older sister is trying to get her excited classmates ready to go on stage for the most important date of their very young lives, the Class Christmas Pageant.