As Christmas approaches, I have been looking for an angel lawn decoration with white lights. About 3 weeks ago there was a sale at a local retailer and I found a lovely one. Last Monday while raking leaves, I learned it was going to snow the following day. I thought, “Oh, better get my angel assembled”. After two futile hours, and several attempts of putting her together, I could not make her stand securely. She was very wobbly and I knew that one gust of wind would send her crashing to the ground. Needless to say, she was returned and I continued my quest in search of the perfect outdoor Christmas Angel. After checking several internet sights and retailers, it became apparent that most of the outdoor sparkly angels were flimsy and would not withstand the December weather. Feeling disappointed, I wondered if I would ever find my angel. And then it dawned on me. I don’t need a piece of plastic with sparkles and lights to be my angel. I have angels all around me; in fact, so many, it is impossible to name the all.
You see the word “Angel” has different meanings depending on the context. In Wikipedia, the term “Angel” is described as a supernatural being in various religions and mythologies. In Dictionary.com one meaning of “Angel is a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, as beauty, purity, or kindliness. I will be referring to the latter definition in the context of this blog.
One of my angels used his leaf blower to blow my leaves to the curb and another cut my grass. Two more angels drove me to medical appointments. Another angel texted me every day when I was undergoing medical treatment. And then there is the angel who lit a candle for me in every cathedral that she visited while travelling in Europe. A special angel stood by my side during 2 critical illnesses and gave me reassurance and hope.
I am grateful for the angels in my life – the ones in my family, my neighbourhood, my circle of friends and my church. During this Christmas Season, I encourage you to be someone’s angel. Here are some ways to help the less fortunate:
- Visit someone who is lonely, perhaps an isolated senior.
- Donate to a charity such as a shelter. They are always in need of warm hats, scarves, mittens and toiletries.
- Buy a toy for a needy child. There are many organizations that have toy drives this time of year.
- Volunteer in a soup kitchen.
- Make a meal for someone who is ill or less fortunate.
- Donate to your local foodbank.
Wishing you all a beautiful Christmas filled with Peace, Love and Joy.