Saturday, October 22, 2011

Yesterday I called my dear friend, Jan, to check on her. On October 20, 2011, Jan was driving to attend the funeral of her granddaughter, when she noticed a woman on the side of the road who was holding a sign.  Jan kept driving, and then realized that the sign was asking for assistance. She was too far to turn back, so she decided to look for the woman on her way home.

After the funeral, as she was driving home, she noticed a woman walking with a man at the same location of where the other woman was earlier, so she stopped and asked her if she was the one who was out earlier asking for assistance.

When she approached the woman she asked, and when the woman said, “No, we were not out here earlier, why?”

Jan replied, “Well, I was driving to my granddaughter’s funeral earlier today and noticed a woman on this corner, but by the time I realized what she needed, I was too far to turn back and when I saw you here, I wanted to see if it was you. So, you two be blessed!”

Jan went to get back in her car when the man and woman looked at each other and then called back to Jan, “Hey, my husband lost his job, and we haven’t been able to find any work, and it gets very cold at night, so as much as we hate to ask you this… anything that you have to give would be greatly appreciated.”

Jan replied, “Well, it was only a few dollars that I had to give, but I do have a new blanket in my car that I just washed that could help keep you warm, and a few dollars will only buy you nothing more than a gallon of milk.”

Both of them graciously accepted the gift of warmth and took the few dollars that Jan had to give.

Jan shared that she had just attended the funeral of her granddaughter, but God had put it in her heart to look for the woman on the way home from the funeral, and because she wasn’t afraid to ask the woman if she was the same woman she had seen earlier, God was able to pass on a message through Jan.

Before she left she looked at the couple and told them that Jesus loved them, and to hang on that a job was on its way, and a warm bed was right around the corner.  The woman cried.

When Jan and I hung up the phone I cried. Here my dear friend was on the way to her granddaughter’s funeral, and through her tears she was able to notice the tears of another.

I believe there are times in our lives where we are not able to help ourselves. Jan was not able to prevent the death of her granddaughter, but she was able to prevent another cold night for two people who simply needed warmth, and she was able to share that Jesus loves them.

As Jan got back in her car she said the woman was crying… Of course she was crying…

Now, the true question here is which one was the angel?

13:1 Continue to love each other with true Christian love. 2 Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it. 3 Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies. 4 Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery. 5 Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have, For God has said,

“I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.”

6 That is why we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will not be afraid, What can mere mortals do to me?”

7 Remember your leaders who first taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and trust the Lord as they do. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 So do not be attracted to strange, new ideas. Your spiritual strength comes from God’s special favor, not from ceremonial rules about food, which don’t help those who follow them.

10 We have an altar far which the priests in the Temple on earth have no right to eat. 11 Under the system of Jewish laws, the high priest brought the blood of animals into the Holy Place as a sacrifice for sin, but the bodies of the animals were burned outside the camp. 12 So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates in order to make his people holy by shedding his own blood. 13 So let us go out to him outside the camp and bear the disgrace he bore. 14 For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come.

15 With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name. 18 Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

17 Obey your spiritual leaders and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they know they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this joyfully and now with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.

18 Pray for us, for our conscience is clear and we want to live honorably in everything we do. 19 Especially need your prayers right now so that I can come back to you soon.

20-21 And now, may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, all that is pleasing to him. Jesus is the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting covenant, signed with his blood. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

22 I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, please listen carefully to what I have said in this brief letter. 23 I want you to know that our brother Timothy is now out of jail. If he comes here soon, I will bring him with me to see you. Give my greetings to all your leaders and to the other believers there. The Christians from Italy send you their greetings.

25 May God’s grace be with you all. —Hebrews 13: 1-25

Now I completely understand why God calls them “Angels Unaware!” I’m completely unaware as to which one would be the angel. The woman who needed the blanket or the woman who gave the blanket?

Because ultimately both of them needed to be comforted.

Onward by Faith!

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