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Two Traveling Angels

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied… "Things aren’t always what they seem".

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel "How could you have let this happen!? The first man had everything, yet you helped him," she accused. "The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die."

"Things aren’t always what they seem," the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall
so he wouldn’t find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren’t always what they seem."

Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don’t turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some
time later.

What Is It That You Seek?

Today, when you awoke… What was your first thought?
Was it "Oh God! It’s Morning"
Or was your first thought "Thank you God, for another wonderful day"

If you’re like most of us, your morning starts off with an alarm clock waking you. Just like in the fire house when the alarm goes off… You race to get 100 things done in 3 minutes so you can race out the door and on your way.

You’re probably like most of us, you have a day full of too much to do and not enough time to do it all in. Always racing through the day, distracted a few times, but almost always, feeling overwhelmed at the tasks at hand. You glance up at the clock only to realize that the day is gone, not enough is done, and your to do list has gotten longer. Sound all too familiar?

Can you wake up 5 minutes earlier tomorrow?
Take a few minutes to pray and thank God for another wonderful day… before we start your day. Would your day be any different?

I ask all of this because I wonder what it really is that you seek for your life…
A closer walk with God?
A focus on making your life better and your final trip home to heaven?
Or a "to do" list a mile long and only 12 hours to get half of it done?
What you seek in and for your life, is what you will become. Think about it. Your focus is what drives you throughout your day.

Is your focus on God and Heaven?

Tomorrow, start you day a few minutes earlier. Start off your morning with your focus on God, the wonderful gift of another day and watch how much more you get done in the "calm" of HIS embrace.

Heaven, Angels and God await you. Your final destination is Heaven. This place you are now, is just a place for your brief visit. Like a hotel room, long forgotten after you’ve gone home.

Enjoy your visit today and remember to take the time to catch your breath and enjoy your day.

Blood Angel

From Daily Encounter by Dick Innes

In 1949, my father had just returned home from the war. On every
American highway you could see soldiers in uniform hitchhiking home to
their families, as was the custom at that time in America. Sadly, the
thrill of his reunion with his family was soon overshadowed. My
grandmother became very ill and had to be hospitalized. It was her
kidneys, and the doctors told my father that she needed a blood
transfusion immediately or she would not live through the night.

The problem was that Grandmother’s blood type was AB negative, a very
rare type even today, but even harder to get then because there were
no blood banks or air flights to ship blood. All the family members
were typed, but not one member was a match. So the doctors gave the
family no hope; my grandmother was dying. My father left the hospital
in tears to gather up all the family members, so that everyone would
get a chance to tell Grandmother good-bye.

As my father was driving down the highway, he passed a soldier in
uniform hitchhiking home to his family. Deep in grief, my father had
no inclination at that moment to do a good deed. Yet it was almost as
if something outside himself pulled him to a stop, and he waited as
the stranger climbed into the car. My father was too upset to even ask
the soldier his name, but the soldier noticed my father’s tears right
away and inquired about them.

Through his tears, my father told this total stranger that his mother
was lying in a hospital dying because the doctors had been unable to
locate her blood type, AB negative, and if they did not locate her
blood type before nightfall, she would surely die. It got very quiet
in the car. Then this unidentified soldier extended his hand out to my
father, palm up. Resting in the palm of his hand were the dog tags
from around his neck. The blood type on the tags was AB negative. The
soldier told my father to turn the car around and get him to the hospital.

My grandmother lived until 1996, 47 years later, and to this day no
one in our family knows the soldier’s name. But my father has often
wondered, was he a soldier or an angel in uniform? Sometimes, we never
know who God will bring into our lives to carry out a special mission,
nor do we know whose lives God will have us touch.