Sending Angels Changes Lives

A sky, breathtakingly blue, heralds this new day...

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The day is dawning here in north Florida. As I gaze out of my windows I am privy to an explosion of peach and blue tones as the rays make their entrance onto the horizon. A few sassy white clouds are drifting by on there way to somewhere that must be too important for them to stop and hang around looking perky in the sky.

As the full sun bursts forth, the sky is painted with the creamy blue that has a surreal quality. Such beauty is rare and causes me to want to stand motionless before its wonder. There is no doubt that Angels are a part of this newly awakening day.

Another day. What a gift!! We have another day.

  • We can choose to make this day spectacular.
  • We can revel in all that is by no means ordinary but that often we do not stop and gaze at in wonder.
  • We can go out of our way to make this day a spectacular day, if only in some small way, for at least one other person.

If you walk away from just one person today having made a difference in the life of that person, lightened the load in some way, made one other human being feel valued, then you have become an Angel for that person...at least for today.

Happy little clouds dot the sky...

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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.

---George Elliot

Keep on keeping on...

Those who need an Angel may surprise you sometimes too. As H.O.W. tries to take hold and begin to bring about change, one person at a time, we may forget that those who need that kind word, that nod of assurance, may be the one who speaks often of making a difference.

So we do not need to hunt far and wide for someone to be on the receiving end of our gesture of kindness. I guess the point is, if we reach out to everyone we meet, every day, we will have all of our bases covered. Sincerely greeting and helping someone is easy to recognize and usually graciously and warmly received.

Sometimes a gesture of kindness will be rebuffed. A smile or a kind word may go unnoticed. And that is okay. It is not really the reaction that we may expect. I repeat, it is okay. If you continue to reach out especially when it is the same individual who seemingly rebuffed your gesture, many times, when you least expect it, the gesture will be returned...a smile, a nod, a door opened that may have slammed in your face just a few days before.

it is really not about us....it is not about making us feel good because we are extending our greetings and help to another.

It is about making the day a better day for one other person.

Just beyond the trees, the new light of day appears.

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Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

John Wesley

Where do these Angels enter this picture?

My family and I have been on the receiving end of Angels many times...earthly Angels and spiritual Angels and they remain with us today.

What prompted me, in part, to write this today is that my daughter and my grandson are having new battles right now. Those of you who have read the series, When Cancer Comes Knocking, that I posted here on HubPages know that my grandson and daughter both have terminal cancer.

My grandson was in a relatively healthy state, all things considered, for a little over a year and had been taken off chemo. However, a few months ago the doctors decided because his condition had worsened so much that he should return to chemo again. And, he has. And, it is a much stronger dose and affects him much more than it did in previous years. He usually is very ill and is in bed for three or four days which is a long time for him. He is usually up and about every day ready to take on whatever comes. But this chemo is kicking his butt!! He tries to act like it wasn't so bad when he is feeling better. He has always been that way.

From a very young age, he learned to 'deal with it and move on.' He learned to bite the bullet with all of the tests and chemos and the pain. He truly taught us how to live...even before his Momma was diagnosed with her first cancer in 2003,

Calling....

What Can I do
to make a difference
 
 
Act
For Whom
open a door
anyone, but especially someone who appears to reallly need help
say hey, hi, howdy
everyone
allow someone to go in front of you in the check out line
someone with a few items or someone who seems to be in a real hurry
offer help: rake a lawn, get the mail, run an errand
an ill neighbor or relative, or, an elderly person who has no one to help
prepare a meal
someone who has just come home from the hospital or someone who has lost another to death
pay it forward
to anyone, any time
donate
(clothing, blankets, shoes, food) to homeless shelters and community food banks
donate
(time) library, school, hosptial, animal shelters (also pet food to animal shelters)
donate
(money) to an organization to cover expenses for summer camp or other such events throughout the year for a child or chldren if possible

Two sweet peas....every day they are on the planet is a SPECTACULAR day...

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Caring people do make change...

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
Margaret Mead

Angels are there...

His Momma, my daughter, is quite ill and has been for about ten days. On top of her cancers, on top of her heart condition for which she had a stent put in about 12 weeks ago, on top of her MS, on top of fibromyalgia, she has strep throat and an abscess on her tonsils. Now that might seem like no big deal. And for many it is not. But what happens to her when she gets an illness on top of everything else is that her body does not know how to handle it.

For all of the years that she has fought and recovered and fought again, I have never seen her in so much pain. She is in so much pain that she can not walk at times. When she is at last able to walk she walks only a few steps at a time, bent over, cringing with each step. This for someone who has a high pain tolerance and will never admit how bad she really feels.

No meds have made the pain go away. And she has many very strong pain pills at her disposal. Many she can only take very small doses of due to their side effects which means she may as well not take them. Others have such crazy side effects even in small doses that she cannot take those. So she bites the bullet...just as my grandson does.

We drove to the doctor and that is when they discovered the complicating illnesses which were making her feel so bad. She has been on antibiotics for two days and today for the first time, she can move around without so much pain.That is a good thing---no, that is an excellent thing..thanking those Angels for that...her home is full of them...so full I suspect they are picking up feathers over there.

Graciously accepted

And this personal story has to do with H.O.W. and Angels in this way:

We need more Angels to come and help out. The spiritual ones are just fine!! If you can send some prayers and Angels to my sweet grandson and my precious daughter...Jay and Stephanie, I know that it will help speed their recovery.

You are reaching out to strangers...as truly, you do not know us that is H.O.W. you can make a difference for us.

You know me a little bit if you have read my postings and them a little bit the same way. But we have never met. And, yet, your willingness to offer prayers and sending good thoughts to them is a way of bridging the gap that time and space cause. And I am thanking you and graciously receiving your gestures of concern and caring.

I thought long and hard before deciding to post this. But I know there are so many of you who can offer support to my family that I feel it is the right decision for me to make.

The capacity to care is the thing that gives life its deepest meaning and significance.

Pablo Casals

Make that first step

Each and every day I see the miracle of Angels working in the lives of those that I encounter. That is why when Bill, billybuc, here on HubPages came out with the idea for H.O.W. I was so ready to join forces with him and those of you who have joined.

We see issues in our country that need serious restructuring, rethinking, reworking. And we talk about them and complain about them and move on. But if we are to make a difference we must be willing to try to somehow show concern and try to make this walk a better walk for each other.

To recognize that someone is hurting, lonely, afraid, hungry, in need of the knowledge that someone gives a damn, that is H.O.W. we can begin to reach others. People caring about people. Strangers or neighbors...being their Angel, their person who might take a few minutes to listen and show concern opens a way to understanding.

Foolishly optimistic I might be but I believe in my heart of hearts that there is enough goodness in our country and in the world that is waiting to be tapped into if we just are willing to be the one to make the first step across the chasm of misunderstanding or seeming apathy.

Will you be the one to make this a spectacular day for someone else?

Sending Angels and love and support to each of you....ps

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pstraubie48 16 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you so much for the prayers and uplifting words. We, Stephanie, Jay, and now Heston are so uplifted by those such as yourselves..our earthly Angels who come and join us in our walk.

Please know that Angels are coming to you at this time.

I am sorry for the long delay in responding...much has been happening.

I appreciate your visits. ps


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Michael-Milec 16 months ago

Oh Lord - as I was reading a silent words went to the One , eternal Spirit and love - cause peace and tranquility wherever Jay and Stephanie may be and whatever their present need is. You the mighty one we do trust and believe that your holy angels ministering spirits are acting on your command...

Hi pstraubie48 and thank you for alarming mind's deficiency to see and act where the need begging for help. It urges me to intensify and never stop the servants role much, much more.

Though we ''never met"- we did now, thus praying for you will go to the throne of the mercy... bringing answer in a peace which passes all understanding, strength and the angels ministry.

Voting for you absolutely great hub, across but funny.

May blessing and prosperity follow you.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Victoria.

I am humbled by your kind words and thank you for the prayers and the Angels. This week is a special week---my grandson celebrates his 18th birthday and we were told that would never happen. God is good!!

Thank you again for your visit.

Returning Angels to you too....:) ps


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

What a beautiful hub. And what warriors you have in your family to go through what they are going through and do it with such bravery and grace. This hub is inspiring as is your encouragement to reach out to others. I said silent prayers for you, Jay and Stephanie, and I am sending angels to you, of course. Lots of them. :-)

Oh, and your writing on this piece is very nice, too. Very descriptive and flowing. Loved it. Many votes!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Frangipanni...

Yes, without our Angels I do believe this walk would be much more difficult. My family is so blessed to be surrounded all of these years.

Sending Angels to you this morning :) ps


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Frangipanni 3 years ago

Beautiful. I fully agree.The thought of angels are very comforting and then you realize we have them here everyday on earth with us! Great hub, thanks for sharing and voted up. Ye,s I reckon we have plenty of angels here in Oz too.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for visiting today. Our lives are so blessed ....and Angels really are a huge part of our daily life.

I am sending you some Angels on this 29th day of our new year. :) ps


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

I have no words to express how I feel. Sending you and your loved ones, love, prayers and angels!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Kathi

The Angels are especially welcome as my daughter was admitted into the hospital on Sunday night. She is having quite a time right now. It is the illnesses that come as a result of the cancer that are so hard on a body.

I am saddened to hear of your loss and know you are relieved he no longer suffers.

It is a journey. And as I say..we take this 24 hours and then move on..

So nice to see you this morning.

Sending Angels right back to you :) ps


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

My prayers for Stephanie and Jay. You're so strong and I feel as if there are Angles helping you stay strong for your loved ones. My husband passed away from cancer, but I thank the angels that he didn't suffer for a long time. It was a only a matter of months. I can't imagine what you're going through. God bless . . . Kathi :O)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Pearl

You are so right...we are all a part of the larger family and that is H.O.W. we draw our strength for one another. Thank you so much for your kind words and your support. :) ps

Sending Angels back to you and your family


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

My heart aches for your family and I send you Angels, Prayers by the Bushel and Love. I don't know you personally, that's true; but we are all family--God's family. So I wish for you and your family blessings, hope and love. My new friend, I send you peace and serenity as well.

Pearl


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you Randi for your thoughts and kind words. We have been so blessed each of us in my family. Angels have followed us all of these years...and we know that God's presence in our lives is why both of my sweet loved ones are still on this planet. Doctors have told them that it is nothing short of miraculous that they are still on the planet...so how can we not believe in the power of prayer and Angels in our lives.

I am deeply touched by your thoughtfulness.

Sending some of these Angels back to you and yours...:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you Randi for your thoughts and kind words. We have been so blessed each of us in my family. Angels have followed us all of these years...and we know that God's presence in our lives is why both of my sweet loved ones are still on this planet. Doctors have told them that it is nothing short of miraculous that they are still on the planet...so how can we not believe in the power of prayer and Angels in our lives.

I am deeply touched by your thoughtfulness.

Sending some of these Angels back to you and yours...:) ps


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

My heart grieves for you and your family. Sending many angels your way, spiritually and praying for many to help you physically. I will go back and read your story. Wishing all of you only the best and hoping for some relief to Stephanie's pain.

Randi


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Faith ...on this seventh day of our new year. I can feel the Angels you have sent...they have flown in the window here and at my daughter's house.

I treasure your kind words and your concern and support. We are the family of sisters and brothers who make each day just a little better for each other.

I am so blessed to have made a new friend who so totally knows and loves the Lord as you do.

Sending Angels back to you and to your family as well...as usual.

Your sister in Christ..:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Faith ...on this seventh day of our new year. I can feel the Angels you have sent...they have flown in the window here and at my daughter's house.

I treasure your kind words and your concern and support. We are the family of sisters and brothers who make each day just a little better for each other.

I am so blessed to have made a new friend who so totally knows and loves the Lord as you do.

Sending Angels back to you and to your family as well...as usual.

Your sister in Christ..:) ps


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh . . . God bless you my precious, precious sister in Christ, whom I do so cherish. You have been sending Angels my way all along, and they have been here for me without a shadow of a doubt. I am praying and asking the Lord to send an army of angels to be encamped around your sweet grandson and precious daughter, Jay and Stephanie, and you too my loveliest of friends with a heart of pure love for others.

Please know the Angels are already there all around you and your whole family.

I am praying so hard right now and will continue each and every single day.

Sharing this everywhere!

May His peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, comfort you.

God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, drbj...Each day is a gift as I say so often. We are so blessed and have been for so many years. Every day is thanksgiving day to us as we have so much for which to give thanks.

Sending Angels your way ...:) ps


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Love and support and all the angels I could muster are on the way to you today, Patricia. May this day herald the beginning of much better and more healthy days for you and your loving family.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you, Eric, for stopping by and for sending your support to my two loved ones.

I am sending Angels back to you and to your family too...:) ps


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Jay and Stephanie shall receive the angels from the Dierker home. They gave served us well.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you for taking time to send us some Angels. An Angel is an Angel is an Angel. Our lives are touched and enlarged each time we reach out. I am so blessed to know you and manyothers who help lighten my load....Angels are surrounding you too, my friend. :) ps


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'll can tell you for certain, PS, that I am a solid believer in the angels you speak about. I am sent angels almost daily by you, and they have helped me greatly. Just knowing that someone cares enough to make that gesture of compassion and friendship.....

It is so easy to help others....but we must we aware and willing.

Sending my own band of angels to you today. They are a little rough around the edges, and they may not look like angels, but angels they are nonetheless.

Also sending the love of friendship your way

bill


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Good morning Carol...

You are correct---we do take so much for granted...the Powers that be decided about fourteen years ago I needed a wake up call. and boy did I get one. My whole set of priorities changed and I have learned what really matters ....Sending Angels to you as always, Carol...:) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, shiningirisheyes..All I can say is we are blessed...and I thank God for that. I too draw inspiration from you and so many like you who too have had mountains to climb, do so, and keep on keeping on...Sending Angels and hugs to you.. :) ps


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, shiningirisheyes..All I can say is we are blessed...and I thank God for that. I too draw inspiration from you and so many like you who too have had mountains to climb, do so, and keep on keeping on...Sending Angels and hugs to you.. :) ps


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

My sincerest of blessings and prayers to sweet Jay and Stephanie. I truly am astounded at your continued positive attitude and you continue to be an awesome source of inspiration for me.

So many wishes and prayers for more angels sent your way.

Love,

Beckie XO


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Good morning...Had not a clue about your life. I just read your hub this

morning and it caused a jolt..We take for granted so many things. You have a double dose in your family..but still have faith and lovingness. I always feel good when you send angels but never knew more than that. You have my prayers and best thoughts today...and angels back to you.

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