Saturday, January 28, 2012
Have you ever met an angel here on earth?
One of the many angels who have been caring for my dad came today.
This angel came in the form of an old gentleman with a long beard.
He wore suspenders and an amish style hat that he hung on the hall tree in the front entry way.
He came with a gentle spirit and a willingness to humble himself to a stranger in their greatest time of need.
We had not yet met this man. We knew his name, but that was all.
Up until today, we didn't even know that he existed- yet today, he provided for my dad and our family in a way that will forever affect the way I think.
This man, a complete stranger, came to help bathe my father.
He was a gentle spirit, with kind and compassionate words.
He's been doing this for 30 years.
Bathing complete strangers- Helping to provide them with some form of dignity in their final days here on Earth.
His gentle touch was calming to my dad who has been in excruciating pain over the past few weeks.
In his kindness, he took time to make sure the sheets were changed and that my dad was comfortable and calm when he left.
In his kindness, he cared for my dad, a complete stranger, in a way that I have never before seen.
It seems so minor and insignificant.
But for today, he provided more than a bath and a clean bed.
He provided a glimpse of God's tender love for us.
He provided a glimpse of God's compassion for us.
He provided a glimpse of Eternity.
This old bearded man.
An angel, sent from God himself to pour out His love on us.
What a blessing.