Every visible thing in the world
There is, and has been, so much interest in angels. If someone as reliable as Augustine says they are nearly omnipresent, should we be surprised that they take a special role in helping us to celebrate Christmas! Read on about a ceramic angel coming to life to lead nursing home residents on a Christmas Eve romp!
It was decorated with the usual things but my heart sensed there was something missing. I looked at all the vacant faces gathered there. My heart started to ache with the realization of what it was that was missing. It was missing the spirit of love of the Christmas season. I looked for it but saw it in no ones face.
"I can't remember the words, could you sing a few lines for me Mrs. Robertson?" She started singing in her somewhat weak 85 year old voice.
When I looked into the angel's face something magical happened. I can not explain it, but a wonderful warmth came over me and I couldn't help but smile. It was if the thought had been placed in my head. I ask the shop owner the price.
"Oh that angel has been there a long time, how about two dollars?
" I said sold! As I carried the treasure from the shop, I already knew where I was going to stop on my way home. I carried the statue into the lobby of the Angels of Mercy nursing home. The old folk were in the gathering room as usual. I sat the angel on a table in the middle of the room. Immediately the people gathered round her. I said I thought this may add a little cheer to your holiday. It wasn't long before I heard Mrs. Robertson saying very softly "Yes dear, you have come home". A strange thing was happening in their faces. It was a light, a smile, a radiant glow. I left, heading for home thinking now that was an appreciated gift.
"Thank you for what?"
"You have made this Christmas the best one ever for us."
Well I didn't understand, but I soon would hear the story that will always be held in my heart. Mrs. Robertson asked, "Come over and sit down, I have something to tell you."
"The angel? What angel? What did she do?"
"The Christmas angel you brought us. She came to our rooms at midnight last night and woke us all. She bid us all to come to the gathering room. When we were all there she touch every single one of us. Oh, she is so beautiful, such a beautiful smile and a golden light all around her. She told us all that it was the Christ Child's birthday and we were to celebrate. Then she ask each of us to remember back to childhood and see the fun we use to have. She said look into yourself and find the Christmas heart of a child. Then it was like being in a snowglobe. There was soft snow falling all around and we were all playing like children. Old Mr. Woods who hasn't been able to walk in fifteen years was running up the hill out back with a sled and sliding down. Ten of the other residence were building the biggest snowman you have ever seen, and I along with several others were making snow angels. We played, had snowball fights, laughed, and cried at the joy we found in having a childs heart again. It was a gift, a blessing to be shown that we all still had the gift of knowing how the heart of a child see's the world with such innocence. As morning approached we all found ourselves in our beds and in spite of the miraculous night we all felt well rested.
"There is not one resident in this nursing home that woke up this morning without a Christmas heart and the loving spirit it holds. This day holds many miracles and the birth of Jesus was a celebration of spirit. The angel gave us back something we had thought lost. We will not let it slip away again. She showed us that we may be old but we are still useful. All morning the whole group of us has been cooking up ways to help others and still be a useful part of our community. So yes thank you my dear friend for bringing us the angel. No one could have possibly given us a better gift."
By: SunRae copyright2001
I'd like everyone to know that an angel sent us this story! -Eric