“There is not one of us that he has not given his angels charge concerning.”

art by Brian Kershisnik

I was up early and studying D&C 109 for an impressive ten minutes before my one-year-old daughter woke up. I got up a bit disappointed to be leaving my study without any new insights.

As I sat on the couch nursing my daughter, she unlatched and looked up. Then latched. Then unlatched and looked up again. Then latched. Then unlatched and pointed up. 

I thought she was pointing to the bats I put on the wall for Halloween. I pointed at them and said “Yes! Bats!”

She took my pointed hand and redirected it up to the ceiling. She did that twice. Her eyes moving back and forth around the ceiling.

Finally, I asked, “Ruth, do you see angels?” She smiled big, then kept nursing.

I don’t know the answer for certain. I stared at the ceiling, wishing I could have her eyes to see. That I could be inside her brain. But I didn’t see anything.

As I sat there contemplating that moment, I thought about D&C 109:22,

“And we ask thee, Holy Father, that thy servants may go forth from this house armed with thy power, and that thy name may be upon them, and thy glory be round about them, and thine angels have charge over them.”

Angels will have charge over us.

With a promise like that,

Why wouldn’t angels be there in that moment?

In our imperfect efforts.

In our acts of service.

In our quiet moments with our children as the sun rises.

…but more than that.

In our failures.

In our second, third, and fourth tries.

Help is there.

George Q. Cannon stated, 

“Now, this is the truth. We humble people; we who feel ourselves sometimes so worthless, so good-for-nothing; we are not so worthless as we think.

“There is not one of us but what God’s love has been expended upon.

“There is not one of us that He has not cared for and caressed.

“There is not one of us that He has not desired to save, and that He has not devised means to save.

“There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning.”

They are there.

And even when I don’t see them,

What a comforting, powerful thing to remember.

We are not alone.

We are in their keeping.

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