1Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:1-2, 5)

The word “Angel” comes from the Greek word aggelos or the Hebrew word mal’ak and means “messenger”. What comes to your mind when you hear the word “angel” or “messenger”?

Have you ever had a word or thought repeatedly present itself to you in some way?  As always I have waited until the last possible moment to complete and submit my devotion for this month which is totally crazy because for the last few months the word “angel” has been present in my thoughts.  I knew this is what I wanted to reflect on but have struggled to find just the right words.

I have a trying, yet rewarding job in healthcare.  One of the great joys of my job is being able to meet people. While I tend to meet people when they are at their worst, it is still a joy and a pleasure to have these “strangers” come into my life even if only for a short time.  Some of these people leave a lasting footprint on my heart.

I believe that everyone I come into contact with can teach me something.  It may be something I don’t want or need, or I may not realize what I am to learn at that very moment, but none the less, everyone brings something to the table.  I have had several occasions where a patient will say “I know you’re busy but thank you for listening ….”  I tell them that I enjoy the visit and that if there was one part about my job I wished, it was more time to spend with them.

“Angels,” God knew what he was doing when he sent them to Mary and Joseph telling of his plan of the birth of Jesus.  Angels watched over them as they journeyed to Bethlehem and led the shepherds and wise men to the stable.  Angels kept watch over them by night and by day.  Sometimes they appear when we least expect them, while other times they are very prominent in our lives.

So one final question- are we “Angels,“ or are the people that come into our everyday lives “Angels”?  I would like to think both.  So as you have a chance to reflect on the events of this last year, whether they be personal and close to home or events that have happened in society, remember that everyone needs God’s LOVE, that as the verse above says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”, God sends his angles in many forms, so be ready, say a kind word or smile at someone, for we don’t know if  that may be all they need to know that whatever they have happening in their life, will be okay and they are not alone.

Dear Lord, Thank you for the angels you have placed in my life and in my heart.  Please help me to be ready to accept the challenges you have placed before me and to help others in need.  Thank you for your Son, for thru which all things are possible.  Amen.

April Schauer

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