Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Chapter 2 - (Continued)

See the big picture...

Sometimes it's hard to be angelic to those we distrust or dislike. Even if the opportunity comes with fireworks and trumpets, we're inclined to ignore it and invest our energies elsewhere. But the spiritual part of you will always look for the bigger picture, that aerial view above the pettiness and ego. Follow it.

A mother was enjoying Mother's Day with her 2 sons.  She was a good mother, and the boys were blessed to have her. But they had a stepmother too, who loved them very much.  Did the children mention their stepmother that day, or did their mother? It doesn't matter.

About midafternoon, they went to the stepmother's house. The boys each took her a plant that she could place in her flower garden.  They hugged her and told her they loved her. They were only there a minute. The mother and stepmother never talked, but they didn't have to.

The mother didn't take the boys there out of obligation or some misguided effort to score points. She was simply an earthly angel that day. The stepmother knew it, and they were both blessed.

Realize you are not alone...

We're proud of our differences these days.  We like doing things our own way, but deep down we're all very much alike--and we all need help from time to time. The needs vary, but the response doesn't have to. Reach out with your heart.  You may not be able to save an entire city, but you can be an angel to one person at a time, somehow, everyday.

A newspaper story told of a woman in a county south of town. She was in her late thirties, but she looked so much older.  She had many health problems. Her 2 teenage sons had each been diagnosed with incurable diseases. She was raising her daughter's son--though she hadn't even seen her daughter since the boy was born 6 yrs. earlier. She couldn't work, and she was about to be evicted from her apartment.

The day the story ran, a gentleman appeared at the apartment complex and anonymously paid that month's rent.  Another person appeared to pay the next month's rent. Donations made to a bank account covered the cost of the medicine she and her sons needed. The everyday angels had appeared. The anonymous "attendant spirits" were alive and well here on earth, practicing what they had learned. Let no one doubt them. Let them multiply.

Matthew 25:40  "...Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

Just a reminder about the current book we are going through. I am not sharing this book for any glory on my part, nor did I write the words.  Full credit for "Everyday Angels" goes to Karon Phillips Goodman.  I will be quoting her entire book in hopes to help each of us be more of an everyday angel in our every day lives.  I will put my own thoughts down below each post and encourage each of you to comment in the comment section so we can discuss each chapter together.  :o)  I am also going to start trying to put my thoughts in "italic" writing and her book in "normal" type, as well as scriptures that I use.  Thanks for joining us!

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