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Touched by an Angel

                                                           
                                                                        May 15, 2019
Dear Friends,

Have you ever met an angel? I'm sure you have. You may
not have realized it at the time. They may have looked just
like an EMT, an old friend, or even a priest. You see angels
come in all shapes and sizes. The key to recognizing an
angel is to note the fact that they always show up when
you need to know God cares.

I had the honor of speaking before members and friends
of the Spiritual Care Advisory Committee at the Day
Kimball Hospital in Danielson, CT this week. I was given
great latitude in my choice of topics by Rev. Jonathan
Scott, a good friend, and the current hospital chaplain.
I titled my talk, "Touched by an Angel."

The thought of spending a night in the hospital sends
shivers down my spine. So imagine my horror when
back in 2003 I flunked the stress test and was sent down
to the emergency room to be admitted. I was scared but
what followed was a remarkable journey that reinforced
the fact that I was never alone.

I recognized the cardiologist right away when I showed
up for my stress test. I knew him and was immediately
put at ease by his presence. Imagine the odds? I went
down to the emergency room to be admitted. I bumped
into an old friend from church. We chatted. I prayed
for him. All my anxiety disappeared. Was it a
coincidence that he as there?

Sister Rita was passing through the ER. She stopped to
pray with me. That afternoon Father Bob saw my name
on the patient list and popped into my room to check on
me. The most amazing coincidence of all was the fact that
the EMT who helped transport me to Yale-New Haven
was one of the dad's I knew from my daughter's dance
troupe.

I admit that my experience was pretty blatant. Each of
those angels (people) appeared just when I needed them
to remind me that God had my back. The truth is that
whether you see the angels or not, they are there. God
sends people into our lives to minister to us in our most
troubling moments. If we open our eyes we can see
them.

You see, God never intended us to go through life alone.
He created us to be in community with him and each
other. Unfortunately sin created a rift between us and
we suffer as the result of it. We often miss these grace
moments that happen every day. We are blinded to the
acts of love and kindness that God regularly sends
our way.

So the next time you get stressed, I invite you to slow
down. Open your eyes and look at the things that are
happening right around you. Notice the waitress who
comes up to you with a smile or the boy who holds the
door for you. They may be an angel sent to brighten
your day.

The same is true of the man in the coffee shop or the
woman on the bus. Who knows where your angel will
show up? God does for he has sent them to remind you
that he is with you.

God bless! See you in church.  
Cal
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