Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Guest Blogger Michelle Niederriter: Entertaining Angels!
Chris Rice Cooper
Guest Blogger Michelle Niederriter
“Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.”
Genesis 18: 1 - 3
A couple of years ago I had gone to Target with the intention to pick up one item really quick because I was meeting someone in Montgomery.
I'm in the pharmacy isle looking for a specific medicine for my allergies when I hear a voice. It was an elderly man sitting on the bench beside the pharmacy counter waiting for them to open. My first thought was I don’t have time for conversation but I politely acknowledged him then went back to looking.
He then said something else and that made me stop. He told me he had lost his wife just a few months before. I knew then I couldn’t walk away.
So I sat down and he told me with tears and love in his eyes about his wife. He told me they always held hands. That they had been married over 60 years. That she had Alzheimer’s.
There were more tears. (his and mine). He told me a little about his military service (He was wearing a World War 2 veteran cap).
I prayed for him and then left. This “divine appointment” really tugged at my heart. For months after, every time I was in target, I’d swing by the pharmacy just in case he would be there. I’ve thought about him many times since and had decided that maybe I had “entertained an angel” that day.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to stop by the Starbucks in Target to get my favorite drink before work. I was kind of in a hurry because I knew we were going to be shorthanded. I had placed my order and was waiting when I notice this elderly gentleman sitting at a table alone eating a pastry and drinking coffee. I was trying not to stare, but kept glancing at him because he looked a little familiar. He was wearing a WW2 Veteran cap.
So, I said hey and he smiled. He said a few words and when he told me he had lost his wife a few years ago and they always held hands I knew it was him! I told him we had met before and he apologized that he didn’t remember me. I told him that was ok because I remembered him. I wished that I would have had time to sit down and talk with him more.
I have missed opportunities in the past because I was too busy or too distracted or just didn’t want to. I hope I will recognize and will be willing the next time to be a light.
And I hope to see him again!
Image attributed to Michelle Niederriter
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”