The leaves are starting to change here in Utah and I’m in heaven! Such beauty all around!
1. What you are about to read will simply astound you. Yes–I believe there are angels among us!
My nice camera has been having some major issues for some time now. There is a camera repair shop in a residential area not far from my house. I dropped off my camera several weeks ago for repair and was told it would be finished in a few days. Weeks later and several phone calls later, I finally got the green light that it was fixed (it ended up needing a special part). Although I’d been feeling sick for the past few days (on an antibiotic for two ear infections and a sinus infection), I forced myself to be at the shop right when it opened. I didn’t know why I felt like I had to go right then–couldn’t I do without my camera for one more day? I drove to the shop feeling a little sorry for myself. On top of not feeling well, I felt overwhelmed with a major church activity I was in charge of that night, work-related deadlines and a huge pile of laundry that needed my attention.
As I was walking to the front door of the camera shop, I heard the song “I Need Thee Every Hour” sung by a beautiful, strong, tenor voice. I was puzzled . . . this isn’t a usual Wednesday morning occurrence in my quiet town. After collecting my camera, I could still hear this beautiful song. I questioned the repairman and he said, “My neighbor is 104 years old and lives by herself. A man who lives nearby goes to her house three times each week to sing to her.” I was touched by this story and as I walked to my car, I could still hear the words to this beloved hymn. The lyrics touched me to the very core and I realized THIS SONG WAS FOR ME TODAY. Yes–this is exactly what I needed to hear.
I got in my car to leave, but a small voice told me to go thank the man for the song. I didn’t really want to–talk about feeling awkward–but I knew I had to listen to that voice. I walked up the driveway, across the very large lawn and onto the front porch (still feeling very awkward). The man, David, warmly greeted me and introduced me to his friend, Bertha.
I told him now much his song meant to me and with tears in his eyes (and tears in mine), he invited me to sit down for a bit and listen to a few more songs. What I then witnessed was one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen. David has been visiting Bertha three times a week for the past five years. He brings with him his own file of Bertha’s favorite music and sings to her for over an hour. Bertha mouths the words and is mesmerized by David’s voice.
He said that over five years ago, he and his wife were walking by Bertha’s house when he felt prompted to stop in for a quick hello. When she saw David, she pointed her finger at him and said, “You’re the man at church who leads the singing and has such a beautiful voice.” David was surprised she remembered him since they hadn’t been in the same congregation for many years. That gave David an idea. He asked if he could start “singing” visits regularly. Bertha was so excited and that was the start to this beautiful friendship.
With tears in Bertha’s eyes, she exclaimed to me how much she loves David and how his singing visits are what gets her through her days. She kept saying, “This is a good, good man who cheers me up.”
I drove home with a big smile on my face with the tune “I Need Thee Every Hour” forever engraved in my mind!
Yes–I believe there are angels among us and David is one of them! Not only is he an angel to Bertha, he was my angel that day as well. (Permission was given to share the sweet photos.)
2. Have I mentioned I’m going to be a grandma in just four weeks? My sweet friend, Cori, gave me my first “grandma” gift and I can hardly wait to read to my sweet granddaughter!
3. My trash can may just be my favorite part of my scrapbook room! It was built “under the cabinet” complete with a large hole in the counter top and a cabinet door to hide it away! My pal, Patti Coombs, thought of this brilliant idea and after all these years, I’m still in love!
P.S. I’d love to hear your “Angel’s Among Us” stories!