Perhaps you remember the song by the country band, Alabama, titled "Angels among us."
The song lyrics include lines such as "a kind word from a stranger to lend a helping hand" and "a phone call from a friend just to say I understand" as a couple of examples of what the angels among us look like.
Could it be that you and I have the potential to be somebody’s angel?
My mom called me one Sunday to tell me about all the angels who helped her that day. And since good deeds should not go unnoticed, it seemed appropriate to write about them.
Actually, she has two little angels who help her every Sunday. They eagerly wait for her arrival as they watch out their Sunday School window. When they see her car pull up and stop, these two little angels rush out to greet her and help her get out of the car and walk into the building — one angel on each side.
I wonder if they know they are her Sunday angels.
But this particular Sunday, she met another angel. When she and her companions were going to be seated at the restaurant they went to for lunch, the waiter offered his arm to walk her to their table. Then, when she stood up after her lunch to leave, this angel suddenly appeared to offer his arm again. And his help wasn’t limited to inside the restaurant. He walked her all the way to her car, helped her get in and then cranked it up to get the air conditioning cooling for her and her friends.
Did this waiter know he was being her angel?
His actions as well as those of her two little Sunday angels epitomize these words by Luciano de Crescenzo: "We are each of us angels with only one wing. And we can only fly embracing each other."
My mom has many angels.
There’s the son who is always there for her and drives her wherever she needs to go.
There’s the husband who rubs her feet when they hurt and helps her in any way he can.
There’s the puppy who keeps her company.
There are the grandchildren and great-grandchildren who call her and lift her spirits and make her forget her pain for a little while.
And there have been many wonderful neighbors and friends along the way who have offered their assistance and companionship and who have given her many happy memories.
It doesn’t surprise me that my mom has always had an abundance of angels at her side. The old adage, "One good deed deserves another" is true. My mom has walked that extra mile for her friends, and she has done everything she could for her children. So I’m not surprised that angels come to her in her hours of need.
It’s also no surprise, my friends, that each of us is somebody’s angel. With the same Father-Mother God, we are all the reflection of God’s love. And this means that the things we do and say have the power to help, heal, inspire, comfort, guide, encourage, lift up and bring joy and laughter to everyone we meet.
Have you ever considered that you were somebody’s angel today?
Your smile meant more than you know, the kindness you showed by opening the door for someone, made that someone feel special, and the call you made to a friend was just what was needed.
Perhaps we should not take so lightly what we say or do — because it may be that we were somebody’s angel today!
Annette Bridges is a freelance writer who lives on a north Texas ranch with her husband, John. A mother and former public and homeschool teacher, she doesn’t think her insights are any more special than yours. But she believes we need to share what we’re learning with one another, and we need especially to share our insights with our children! First published by the Dallas Morning News after becoming an empty nester when her daughter left for college in 2001, she has since written weekly columns for numerous websites, newspapers and magazines. Visit her website and participate in her blog at http://www.annettebridges.com