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Topic: ANGELS WATCHING OVER ME (don’t write about the song) (06/04/15)
- TITLE: Second-Hand Rose Angel
By Lynn Kowal
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I was in heaven … but I was also on the clock ...
Because of ministry demands, I never had enough time or opportunity to search for clothes, and right now I needed a suede or leather winter coat. I was in a second-hand store that was located right off the highway in Regina as we were passing by on our way home from a service in Moose Jaw, so this was obviously providence ….
As I began pawing my way through the selection, I tried to concentrate, but I knew that my husband was sitting outside in our car tapping his fingers to the 15-minute time allotment that we had agreed upon.
Just as I started towards a green suede jacket that might be in my size, I spotted a little old lady shuffling over me. She had a rosebud-covered dress in her hands, and a lonely look in her eyes.
“Can you help me with this?” She asked, as if I were the sales lady putting out new merchandise. “Do you think this dress contains the right pattern for me to remake into a party dress?”
I gathered what politeness I could muster while trying to find the price tag on the green suede jacket, and said that I thought it would be really nice.
“Because you see,” she continued, “I can take any kind of fabric or print and make something else out of it, and I need a new dress for our church program. My husband died a year ago, and my son and grandson don’t live in town, so it is hard for me to get anyone else's opinion.”
I repeated that I thought it would be nice, searching over her head for the cashier’s desk.
“What are you looking to buy?” she asked me.
I told her that I wasn’t from Regina, that my husband and I were ministers of a street-front ministry in Kenora, Ontario, and that he was outside in the car waiting for me.
“Oh … You’re a preacher?” She said, “I give money to television evangelists all the time."
I answered that I thought it was wonderful of her to want to bless other people, but when I saw her open her purse and take out money, I protested, saying that I didn’t tell her about our ministry just for her to give us something. “Here’s $10.00,” she insisted, pressing it into my hand.
I thanked her so much, and, looking up, saw my husband walk through the door. I slumped my shoulders in utter defeat and prayed, “Okay, Lord … I give up. Never mind about what I want, I’ll just be with this lady instead.”
My husband quietly stood behind her while I asked this dear one if I might pray. I gently took her hands in mine, and asked the Lord to bless her, and give her a good friend in Regina so that she wouldn’t feel so lonely anymore. There were tears in her eyes as she thanked me and walked away.
“Okay,” I said to my husband, ferociously shoving him out of the way so that I could run back to the coats, “I’ll take this green suede one here – and oh, there is a tan leather one as well. Let’s go.”
As I got to the cashier’s desk one minute later – I was amazed to see that the price for both of these two coats came to exactly $10.00.
God had sent a second-hand “rose” angel to watch over me.
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