An Angel Came Very Near (an Advent Reflection)

Post 7 in the Crystallize Meaning through Creativity: An Advent Event
Scripture: Matthew 24:32-35
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An Angel Came Very Near

Tracy Daugherty of Bear Creek United Methodist Church

By Louise Docker from sydney, Australia [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Louise Docker
Parenting had left me stymied once again. My young adult offspring was struggling badly and I was at a loss for how to help. I had prayed for weeks and come up empty so it was a nice distraction one Sunday to see the face of an old friend back in church. Although regretful for losing touch, I was excited to talk to her again but when I turned to greet her at the end of the service, she was gone.

A week or two later that old friend returned. This time I had a chance to say hello and make a coffee date for the following Sunday so we could have a chance to catch up. I remember thinking then how unusual it was for me to be in church each of the Sundays she had visited, have an empty calendar the following Sunday afternoon and the forethought to extend the invitation and was thrilled she could make it.

The following Sunday we sat through the service together then headed to Starbucks. It was good to be in her company again and, though we hadn’t been especially close way back when, we quickly fell into the comfortable rhythm of old friends. Next thing you know this old friend was sharing a story about a hard time her son had gone through in his late teens. The familiar theme prompted me to open up about what was weighing heavy on my mind. Right away she offered a realistic solution that made all the difference in a very short time and I knew God had sent my answer in the form of an earthly angel.

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32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

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(c) 2013, Tracy Daugherty

photo: By Louise Docker from sydney, Australia [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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