Thanks Be To God
Thanks Be to God
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
- John 14:27
In some of my darkest, most hopeless days I have felt the divine touch of God through the presence of earthly angels. An especially unlikely angel here on earth was the maintenance worker in the critical care unit of the hospital where my daughter lay dying.  Every time I turned around, it seemed, she was with me, pouring out her support and concern for me.  She was close as the doctors gave their grim reports of my daughter’s declining condition.  She protected me from the intrusion of people who I did not need to see.  She prayed for me and for my family.  I never even asked her name.
After my daughter died, my angel disappeared.  I was surrounded by the familiar faces of family and friends who helped me begin the never-ending journey of grief whose rocky trail I will always travel. My angel had completed her assignment.  Had she even known she was divine?
 How does this tale of sorrow relate to the good news at Christmas of the coming of Christ?  The great and awesome love that God has for us transcends our understanding.  God freely gave his Son to us, all the while knowing the suffering that would end his time here with us. He loves us that much.
Not only does God love us collectively, He loves us individually.  He loves me and watches over me, and He gave me an earth angel when I needed it the most.  His most marvelous works of love are found in the most humble and ordinary of places- a maid’s care, a manger in a stable… thanks be to God.
Holy Father, we thank you that you hold us close in our darkest days.  You send your angels to comfort us and to bring us peace.  We give our unending thanks to You for sending us Your Son to be the Light of the World.  Amen
- Tina Manning


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:12 PM
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