Friday, November 28, 2008

Bare foot and dirty, the girl just sat
and watched the people go by. She never
tried to speak, she never said a word.
Many people passed, but never did one
person stop. Just so happens,
the next day I decided to go back to
the park, curious if the little girl
would still be there. Right in the very
spot as she was yesterday, she sat
perched on high, with the saddest
look in her eyes.

Today I was to make my own move and
walk over to the little girl. As we
all know, a park full of strange people
is not a place for young children to
play alone. As I began walking towards
her, I could see the back of the little
girl's dress indicated a deformity.
I figured that was the reason the people
just passed by and made no effort to
help. As I got closer, the little girl
slightly lowered her eyes to avoid my
intent stare. I could see the shape of
her back more clearly. It was grotesquely
shaped in a humped over form.

I smiled to let her know it was OK,
I was there to help, to talk. I sat
down beside her and opened with a
simple Hello. The little girl acted
shocked and stammered a "hi" after a
long stare into my eyes. I smiled and
she shyly smiled back. We talked 'til
darkness fell and the park was completely
empty. Everyone was gone and we at
once were alone.

I asked the girl why she was so sad.
The little girl looked at me and with
a sad face said, "Because I'm different."

I immediately said "that you are!"
and smiled.

The little girl acted even sadder,
she said, "I know."

"Little girl," I said, "you remind me
of an angel, sweet and innocent."

She looked at me and smiled, slowly
she stood to her feet, and said,

"Yes, dear, you're like a little
guardian angel sent to watch over all
those people walking by."

She nodded her head "yes" and smiled,
and with that she spread her wings and
said, "I am. I'm your guardian angel,"
with a twinkle in her eye.

I was speechless. Surely I was seeing
things. She said, "For once you thought
of someone other than yourself,
my job here is done."

Immediately I stood to my feet and
said, "Wait, so why did no one stop
to help an angel?"

She looked at me and smiled, "You're
the only one who could see me, and
you believed it in your heart."
And She was gone.

And with that my life was changed
dramatically. So, when you think
you're all you have, remember, your
angel is always watching over you.
Mine was.

~* Billy Graham Crusade *~

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