Monday, March 15, 2010

Chapter 2- How to Be an Everyday Angel

I'm sure you noticed its not "later this week" b/c Feb. has come and gone!  I went to get this book, this morning, only to realize I had moved it to a new location and I couldn't remember where!  So I said a prayer and found it.  "Thank You Lord!" 

Chapter 2

Do you know how to be an angel?  I think that God told us all how, naturally.  Some ppl are just more practiced at it than other.  You know who they are--those ppl who always seem to know the right thing to do or say.   They're always the same:  calm & secure, giving & thoughtful.  They're not perfect or immune from pain.  They're still very human, but their attendant spirit is as visible as the color of their eyes.  They know how to be everyday angels.  They never miss a chance.

Recognize the opportunity...

Rarely does the angel opportunity knock briskly on your heart & say, "Here I am."  But it might, if you'll just learn to listen.  Sometimes the opportunities may seem unusual or inconvenient, but you'll know when it's right.  The mother in the following story knew it instinctively.

A young girl of 13 or 14 wasn't sleepy, though it was late at night.  She doesn't remember how it started, & she probably didn't think much of it at the time, but now she recalls it often.  She loved mushrooms--anything mushroom on it was an instant fav., especially that printed contact paper her mother had found.  It was covered with tiny pictures of mushrooms, the prettiest ones she'd ever seen.  She loved them, and wanted them everywhere.

Was it her idea or her mother's?  She doesn't remember, but that night, until well past her bedtime, she & her mom sat cross-legged on her bed & cut out hundreds of the mushrooms from the contact paper.  They carefully peeled off the backing & decorated the entire headboard & footboard of her bed.

Her mother never complained or asked how she'd remove them when she grew tired of mushrooms.  The girl doesn't recall their conversation, but she remembers sitting there, talking & laughing with her mother, for hours into the night.  She knows that the angel that appeared to her that night was very human, very familiar, and very loved.

Reach out to those who serve you...

The Sunday school teacher was feeling overwhelmed as Christmastime approached. Pressures from home, family, job, & church were weighing on her mind. She had very little help. On the Sunday before Christmas, when her class of 4 yr olds would be expecting a special treat, she was totally unprepared.  She grabbed her lesson materials & hurried to church, her mind & body too tired to plan the big party she always had for the children.

When one of her little charges came through the door, he was followed by his mom.  The mom didn't contribute a lot to the class, & she & the teacher weren't especially close. But for some reason that day, the mom provided what the teacher couldn't. She had made cupcakes & party bags for the entire class, & had bought plates & napkins, & offered to stay & help.

"You're a godsend."  The teacher almost cried.  An angel had walked into her classroom that day, an "attendant spirit" of human flesh & bone sent by God, just like the teacher had said.

To Be Continued....

B/c chapter 2 seems to be lengthy, I promise to post the rest of it one day this week.  Think about what we read today and pray for God to lay something on your heart that you could do for someone else. 

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."

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