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Thank you, Angels!



Close up of the Guardian Angel on reclaimed wood,  by JoAnne Silvia

I’ve been thinking about angels lately. About how the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, a young virgin who was engaged to be married. He started out by telling her she was favored. “The Lord is with you, ” he said.

Mary was startled and confused. Who wouldn’t be?

So, Gabriel tried to comfort her before he delivered the big news:

“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”   Luke 1:30-33 NIV

Can you imagine how Mary felt? How Joseph felt? It’s a good thing an angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” Matt 1:20 NIV

The angels watched over Mary and Joseph and guided them on their difficult journey, giving them strength to persevere.


Close up of Joseph and Mary in same painting as above by JoAnne Silvia

We don’t usually get angels talking to us, telling us not to be afraid. Or maybe we do. Maybe the urges we get to do something different or try a new path are coming from God’s messengers, but all our technology and distractions make it harder to recognize divine nudges. That doesn’t mean they’re not nudging and trying to protect us, often shaking their heads.

I know angels watched over me in the late 70s when my parents prayed for me constantly  Here’s an excerpt from Trust The Timing:

I still officially lived with my parents, but stayed at Edward’s apartment for days at a time. It was an unstable relationship with petty arguments and periodic break ups. During the break ups, I drove my ‘69 Dodge Dart the hour south to Wilmington to visit Terry and Sally or Caroline. They were all living there in port city/college town at one time or another during the late 70s. Those were some of my wildest weekends leaving me with not-so-fond memories of heaving over somebody’s toilet at two in the morning or wondering if I should be a little more selective about who I ended up in bed with. Yet, there was an element of relative safety being with my high school girlfriends who would have my back if things got too far out of control. Not to say that I was always safe, but thankfully, there was no permanent damage. The angels must have been run ragged.

Thanks again, angels!

Fast forward to this century and I get the nudge: “I’m supposed to be painting angels,” a thought that came to me several years ago. When I started to actually paint angels, which was the least I could do, the angels danced.


Angel in a Green Dress is on the opposite side of the reclaimed wood I used to paint the Guardian Angel and Joseph and Mary above.

Maybe when my high school sweetheart decided to pick that particular June day in 2011 to look for me on Facebook, after not hearing from in 39 years, maybe an angel nudged him along, because it was time.

Maybe angels are nudging me to write this blog post.

But enough thinking! Sometimes thinking too much might distract us from feeling spiritual nudges. So here’s a video that makes me giggle. I hope you enjoy it.

The kids read the story and the grownups act it out.

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

9 thoughts on “Thank you, Angels!

  1. Thank you for sharing some of your life with us. I LOVE your paintings. I too am grateful for the presence of angels! The video is hilarious. I laughed out loud several times. I needed that this morning. Thank you JoAnna!! ❤

    • Oh, I’m so glad you liked the video and laughed out loud. I did too, the first time I saw it. I don’t get tired of watching it. Love that playful humor! 🙂 Take care, Mary. ❤

  2. Very nice story – in the end!

  3. Beautifully written dear JoAnna and the paintings on wood so pure holding sweetness in the colors … sending peace and love always , megxxx

    • Thank you, Meg. Painting on wood feels more right to me than any other surface so far. Painting on rocks is fun, too, but not so much as the depth of old scrap wood. Peace and Love to you, Meg. ❤

  4. Lovely paintings and story, JoAnna. I like to think about Mary and Joseph sometimes–to really put oneself in their shoes and try to understand the story before it was written, so to speak. We have the benefit of hindsight, but for them I imagine there was undoubtedly the sense of risk, the sense of hope, the sense of holiness. Sometimes we get those feelings too, don’t we? Whenever we try to birth something new in our own lives. That is when I feel it most. Somehow in all this, with the grace of angels, we are birthing a new world…


    • Thank you, Michael. I appreciate your thoughts on this, about putting ourselves in their shoes. I’m imagining sandals. Birthing a new world gives me a feeling of adventure!

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