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  • Not all the angels were made at once. There are very old angels, angels who were with God in the beginning. As they grow older, some of them grow weary of their service and asked to be retired. When that happens, God makes new angels to replace them. The new angels have to follow the old angels around until God decides they are ready to take their place.

    New angels are like children in many ways. They have their wings, but they can only fly short distances. They spend some time in music lessons, since all angels have to learn to play a trumpet or a harp, but some of the younger ones have taken up the guitar and keyboards. At first, the older angels thought God might be offended, but He wasn't. He listened and smiled, and the older angels understood they were simply adjusting to the humans they would have to watch over.

    Some angels watch over humans, some over animals. Mike the Angel was created to watch over the lions. She had to follow along after an angel named Azrial, a very old and wise angel who had been watching over lions for millennium. Mike was fascinated by the lions. She would watch them hunt and play, watch the cubs practice their pounces and cuddle with their mothers. And she would watch carefully when Azrial would guide the lions away from danger. The danger was mostly from men.

    Mike was particularly fascinated by the male lions. She noticed that while all lions roared, there didn't always seem to be any reason for them to roar. Sometimes they roared at one another, sometimes they roared at their prey, sometimes they just stood in the middle of the pride and roared loudly while the other lions just ignored them.

    Try as she could, Mike didn't understand why the lions roared, so finally she asked Azrial.

    “Why do lions roar?”

    Azrial looked at Mike with a smile and replied, “for lots of reasons. You see those two young males roaring at one another by the river?”

    Mike looked and saw them. “Yes, they are about the same age, aren't they?”

    Azrial replied, “They are very close and from the same pride. They are roaring at one another to determine which one is braver and will lead the pride when the old lion passes away.”

    Mike looked at the old lion, who seemed very content and peaceful on the hillside watching over the pride. “I don't think either of them will be leading the pride anytime soon.”, she said.

    Suddenly, the old lion stood up on the hillside over the two young lions and let out a very loud, very deep roar. The two young lions stopped their roaring and looked up at him, then walked away in different directions.

    Mike looked at Azrial and asked, “Why did he roar at them like that?”

    Azrial smiled and looked at the young angel, “Because he can. You see, once in a while the old lion needs to remind everyone who is in charge.”
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