October 7, 2020
In the Presence of Angels

by Ed McLaurin
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for thereby some have entertained angels unaware."
Hebrews 13:2
Growing up I was taught that I will always have a guardian angel looking over me. Looking back, I have recalled many instances where I kept my angel very busy, but the above verse made me realize that there have been occasions where I have been in the presence of other angels.

Like many of you 2020 has been a very difficult year with all the political unrest and racial tension. The pandemic has added to the stress and anxiety by keeping us mostly isolated from our church and other friends and causing us to, as much as possible, hibernate from others which can cause all types of personal strain. The power of prayer and positive thoughts must play a major role in our daily lives. But having angels around you never hurts.

2020 has been exceptionally hard for us in the fact that for nearly a month I was in and out of the hospital with acute kidney failure. Once I had sufficiently recovered from that I started chemo for a cancer I have been fighting for 15 years. Throughout both of these trials I have been exposed to many angels in the form of doctors, nurses, and staff workers that were able to keep my spirit lifted, especially when Martha could not visit the hospital. But I have a different angel to tell you about, one I am sure most you may have and not realize it. Our pets.

We rescued a litter of four kittens seven years ago and the one we named Prissy we felt would never be a social cat because she spooked easily and did not want to have much to do with any of us. A few months ago, Prissy did not want to go downstairs for the night and hid upstairs. This went on for a few days so we decided to let her stay up. In a matter of days, she was a totally loving cat that loved to cuddle up in our laps. A total transition. We now call her our angel cat because of the peace and comfort we have felt from her. God does indeed work in mysteries ways and I am sure there are many more pet angels, especially during these turbulent times.

For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you to guard you carefully. (Luke 4:10)
Dear God who sends us guardian angels, enlighten me in my doubts, assist me in my difficulties, defend me against the assaults of the devil, and be my guide on the way of perfection. Make me more and more acceptable in the eyes of your gracious and unfailing love. Amen.
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