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Topic: ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME (don’t write about the song) (06/04/15)
- TITLE: A New Assignment, Please
By Pat Small
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GOD: You wanted to meet with me, Angel. So here we are. How can I help you?
ANGEL: Please, Sir, give me a new assignment. This one is killing me.
GOD: Why, what’s the problem?
ANGEL: You wouldn’t believe it. It started out when Pat was just a child. Her grandfather was cutting hay with a scythe, and she ran right in front of it as he started to swing. I grabbed his hand just in time. He nearly had a heart attack, and she went skipping off like nothing happened.
GOD: I can see that would have been unsettling, but she was only a child. She didn’t realize the danger. So what else happened?
ANGEL: Another time she was at their swimming hole. She didn’t know how to swim; finding that unacceptable she walked out to the drop-off where the water instantly became very deep, and simply stepped over that invisible line. Believe me, that was the shortest swimming lesson in history. She has been swimming ever since.
GOD: Very impressive, Angel. I’m proud of you.
ANGEL: Thanks. Let’s get to her teen years. She was something else. I guess the worst was when she went with her boyfriend playing chicken in a hot rod. Now that one sent shivers up my spine, I can tell you.
GOD: Again, I must say, it’s tough but there are plenty of other angels facing the same fearless kids and teens who think they’re invincible. Can you give me some more recent issues you’ve had with her?
ANGEL: Oh, yeah, but where do I begin? I’m telling you, God, this Pat woman is enough to make me give up honey and nectar! Her driving around the streets of Brazil has just about done me in. All those split second “saves”. It’s enough to make a grown angel cry.
GOD: I know what you mean. I’ve watched her from up here, and those were some harrowing rides she has taken us on. Still, I don’t believe they merit a reassignment.
ANGEL: Let me tell you about the night she took me down to the drug dealers’ hangout. She was asked to go get a young lady who was reputed to be there. Well, she just charged right in like she belonged, not even a glance around to assess the risk.
GOD: Really? What happened?
ANGEL: She started asking the guys where GoGo was. I guess they were so surprised to see someone like her in their midst, they just answered without thinking, and she kept going, following their clues.
GOD: I assume she found GoGo and got out safely because I know she hasn’t arrived here yet.
ANGEL: That’s true, but as she was leaving one of the guys asked her how she had gotten in. She said, “I just walked in.” You know how that was possible, don’t you? I had to act fast to close all those eyes because she was trotting right along. The guy told her they had guys stationed at the entrance to keep strangers out. Ha! Ha! That was kind of funny actually.
GOD: I’m glad to see you still have your sense of humor.
Angel: That’s not all she has done. One of the believers got mixed up with drugs and wound up in the penitentiary. She went to visit him a few times. It was scary. The men were all out of their cells, milling around the corridor. She was locked in there with them. Who knows where the guards went? I had to make her look fat and ugly to them just to be sure she was not molested. I don’t know how long it would have taken those guards to come and rescue her.
GOD: I understand where you’re coming from, Angel. However, you are doing such a good job I wouldn’t feel comfortable moving you to a new position. It seems like this one needs someone as alert and pro-active as you. Keep up the good work.
ANGEL: Well, could you at least get me some help. This 24/7 wears on me, and you can believe she doesn’t sleep much.
GOD: OK, I’ll give it some thought. Some of the angels’ assignments are pretty tame compared to yours, and they could use the challenge. I’ll get back with you on that. In the meantime, hang in there.
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