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It’s too cold outside, for angels to fly

By: Admin on February 27, 2013

I still remember the first time I heard it. I was driving in my car to pick up my daughter from school when Ed Sheeran’s song, The A Team, came on the radio. It’s a slow and quiet song that tells a profoundly sad story. It’s not a song for the faint of heart as it speaks of homelessness, prostitution and drug addiction. I remember crying as I listened to the words of this painful story. I was emotionally moved because it reminded me of a student that I had worked with many years earlier whose decisions left her homeless, alone and trapped in a self-created world of hopelessness and despair. Her story was perfectly described in the worlds of this song.

And they say
She's in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
Cause we're just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And she don't want to go outside tonight
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
Or sells love to another man
It's too cold outside
For angels to fly
An angel will die
Covered in white
Closed eye
And hoping for a better life
This time, we'll fade out tonight
Straight down the line


The real drug in this sad story is hopelessness. Every day, we walk by, work beside, eat lunch next to, and maybe even exchange pleasantries with people who are experiencing an inexpressible hopelessness. Many of them are trapped and they don’t know how to escape. They may not be drug addicts, prostitutes or homeless, but their pain is no less real. Maybe their hopelessness is self-induced because of their own bad decisions, or maybe it is centered around a current circumstance. Whatever the case, how do you respond to them?

Every Sunday at Waverley, we look at our church’s mission statement located at the front of the sanctuary. It reads:

“He has shown you, oh people, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”
~ Micah 6:8

We are wrong to think that this is just a call to our church. This is a direct call to you and me. It is a call for you and I to live our lives in such a way that we allow the Lord to use us to bring hope to the hopeless. Living out this passage of scripture means that we are willing to look at people with new eyes, and in new ways. It means that we will be called to “love mercy” and to daily flesh-out new ways to express it to those around us.

When it’s “too cold outside for angels to fly”, maybe God is asking you to step out of your comfort zone and provide a place of warmth, safety and hope to those who are desperate for it. They are all around us and when we learn to, “walk humbly with our God”, He will do more that just show you who they are; He will use you as His agent of hope.

Topics: community, hope, outreach

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