There were six children in my mother’s family, mostly raised by my grandmother alone because my “little daddy” was in an organization that had him traveling all the time, all over the world, but when there was a holiday he was always there at the head of the table and we all respected him highly. There was always a lot of laughter some for no reason what-so-ever, a lot of food, old home movies, politics, stories shared that brought more laughter, or tears and remembrances of loved ones who had already left us, but always at the end of the evening when everyone started gathering children, gifts and left overs to go home, little daddy called us all to prayer. He led the prayer and we all found comfortable positions to kneel knowing that this was going to take a long while. We were always respectful, more because we were afraid to have those vibrant blue eyes staring in our direction knowing what followed would be punishment. We knew the prayer was coming to an end when he said these words, “Lord we thank you for protecting us from dangers both seen and unseen…” When he said those words my mind conjured up the image of a picture that hung on the wall in their house of a Guardian Angel protecting two little children as they cross a rickety bridge. As an adult I have acquired two prints of that same painting and a little porcelain portrayal of it. There are times when something happens that we cannot physically fix without help from above. Last night was one of those times.
My two adult children and their families are enjoying the week in Orlando at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyworld, what better place could they be? I have been dealing with a cold, which has moved into my chest and to me that is scary since I have had pneumonia more than once, so I was already feeling down when I got a text from my daughter in law telling me about a situation with my son. I absolutely panicked, I cried out to God to help and then I called my sister and we had a prayer that would have moved mountains for him. When I was finally able to talk with him via Face time and I could see those green eyes looking at me I was so relieved. He told me that as he was sitting by himself waiting for the EMT to check him out he just leaned his head back and said, “God I am in your hand”. The guardian angel that watched over him as he was dying when he was ten-years old was still on “Ara” watch. I have talked to him several times today and all is well, thank GOD!
I don’t know how people that don’t have God to call on for help can make it. I recall the scripture that my Dad had the whole church quote before every service for many years, Matthew 18: 18-20 Jesus said, “Take this most seriously: A yes on earth is yes in heaven; a no on earth is no in heaven. What you say to one another is eternal. I mean this. When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”
Believe, I’m telling you I’ve never seen God fail us when we pray to Him in the name of Jesus the Christ, heaven waits to hear our prayers! Happy New Year 2017