…Were Shadows?

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OK, here’s another strange thought from the strange and demented brain inside my head:

As we were out walking the dog on the morning this picture was taken, I for some reason started thinking about angels.  Yep –  you know, the kind that we humans like to think have wings and fly – that kind of angel.

It is fascinating that the ancient Jews held the belief that every living thing – humans, animals, even blades of grass – had their own guardian angel.  There is a passage in the Old Testament that said that God would give His angels to watch over someone, and there is an indication in the book of Daniel that the archangel Michael was the angel that watched over the nation of Israel.  But what fascinated me was the idea that all living things may have angels.

And that’s when I noticed the dog trotting along behind us, her shadow following her on the ground, and the thought struck me: “What if those things we’ve called shadows all these years are really angels, but we just see them as shadows?”

I know I’m in deep water here, but think about it. If the ancient Jewish rabbis were right, well, every living thing has a shadow.  And that means that it could be theoretically possible that our shadow is our protecting/guardian angel, right?  “But,” you might argue, “what about inanimate things, non-living things have shadows, too!”  You are right, of course.  But, perhaps it is just subterfuge to make us just think that a shadow is a shadow and not an angel.

Please – don’t take this stuff to heart.  I don’t think that’s really the case, but my brain runs amuck down strange trails sometimes and I feel compelled to share it every once in a while!

Your angel…never leave home without it!

Have you said hello to your angel today?

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1965, methane gas caused a mine explosion near Dharbad, India, that killed 375 people and injured hundreds more. The blast was so powerful that even workers on the surface of the mine were killed.

The mine was located 225 miles northwest of Calcutta near the town of Dharbad and employed hundreds of miners. On this day, a spark ignited methane gas in the mine and caused a huge explosion. Coal dust was sent miles into the air and an entire section of the large mine completely collapsed. Two hundred and seventy-five miners never made it out alive. The explosion also killed approximately 100 workers who were above ground but near the mine and destroyed several homes in the area. A fire in the mine shaft raged for many days after the blast.

Methane gas is a common hazard in mining. It is lighter than air so it usually rises out of the mine shaft. However, significant pockets often get trapped underground and, when it combines with coal dust, the gas is extremely combustible. Typically, mines use gas detectors to make sure the levels of methane gas are not dangerous. They also add rock dust (finely ground limestone) to mix with the coal dust to make it non-explosive. However, the state of this technology in 1965 was far from foolproof and failed to prevent this disaster.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The concept of race is a modern concept. In the ancient world, the Greeks, Romans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims did not have racial categories.  Rather people were divided according to religion, class, language, etc.

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