I have a story I have been feeling a need to share.
My sister-in-law Elisabeth most likely doesn’t remember this incident because Elisabeth is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Many years ago I was the manager of a gas station in not the best part of the Twin Cities. One day at work Elisabeth came to visit me (a very rare occasion). While we were talking, a young lady came in and asked me if I could give her $10.00 worth of gas but she didn’t have any money. She gave me the same sob story I had heard a hundred times before. She assured me she would come back and pay me later. I declined her request as I always did. Elisabeth was appalled that I didn’t believe the young lady or help her in any way. Elisabeth then bought the young lady’s gas. The young lady thanked her and took Elisabeth’s name and address and said she would send her a check. After she left I told Elisabeth she would never see that money again. She said it didn’t matter but she was sure she would get a check.
Several weeks later when I was visiting my brother, Elisabeth made sure I saw the check and thank you note from the young lady. This incident caused me to change my views about other people’s needs and the generosity of others.
While sitting in church last Sunday, The Bible verse that was read triggered this memory and moved me, so much so, that I took my program home and posted the verse on the bulletin board in my office. It is now my favorite passage.
Hebrews 13: 1-2 Let mutual love continue, Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
I know now that back then I unknowingly entertained 2 angels. My sister-in-law Elisabeth and the young lady she helped.
My Prayer: Dear God, Please walk with Elisabeth during this trying time in her life for she truly is one of your angels. Amen.