The Angel of Bastogne

The Angel of Bastogne - Gilbert Morris The most common impression when angels are mentioned is one of dazzling beings with radiant visages. Might we recognize one if a celestial visitor came garbed in human form, walked among men, and altered the course of earthly events? Not all supernatural events and interventions are of an earth-shattering nature, and some of these have even been disputed as to their authenticity. Such is the story of a skeptical young man about his father's angelic account in the war fields of Bastogne. The difficult life he knew after his father returned from the war further colored his cynicism. As a reporter, he seeks to uncover the true story, which unfolds in the book.

While the ensuing storyline was nothing out of the ordinary, it was touching to read of the different characters whose lives and futures had been touched and affected by one man's actions. In reading this book, I am reminded of the Scripture in which we are exhorted to be hospitable to strangers, lest we be entertaining angels unawares. It also brings to mind one of my favorite quotes: "We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. (Luciano De Crescenzo) This is an apt read, especially in the season of peace on earth and goodwill to men.