Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My Gratitude

There’s always someone in our lives who makes a difference; somebody who is able to make us smile when things are not going our way. Regardless if they have anything to say or nothing to say at all, it’s their mere presence that comforts us. It’s their constant persistence of wanting to help us through it all. There are no hidden agendas or underlying reasons why they’re so available and ready to see us the thickest of our darkest moments. There are no conditions. There are no expectations.

These types of people are rare indeed. I call them God’s angels. Without them, life is mirthless. Wrapped up in life’s turbulences, these “angels” wrap their wings around you making sure you glide through life without scrapes or bruises. They make you giggle when you want to cry- they paint life’s picture so beautifully, making you want to jump right in it.

Ingredients: love, encouragement, compassion, wisdom and empathy. What’s a true friend without these important qualities? I’m fortunate to have such people in my life.

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares. ~Henri Nouwen

10 comments:

kathi said...

Like you. You are that to me.

~Deb said...

Love you Kath. Thank you for all the help, all the sharing and all the encouragement you've given me. You're truly a blessing in my life!

Natalia said...

I was thinking about what I am grateful this year as we get closer to thanksgiving. I have some thoughts to go chew on now.

-N

Enemy of the Republic said...

I've been reading about angels lately. This is so timely. I think I knew a genuine angel once. Bless you, Deb. You are so dear to me.

~Deb said...

Natalia: Me too! I'm glad it made you think a bit...I'm sure there are many people in your life who have lifted your spirits as you do to them! Thanks, Nat!

Enemy: I truly believe that there are some people in our lives who are angels...which God has given to us. I'm totally grateful to have you in my life, Susan!

Matt-Man said...

I have a couple of people like that in my life, and I thank them often for being just that. Cheers Deb!!

Art said...

I hope everyone has someone like that in their life.

~Deb said...

Sometimes we forget to thank them and I know sometimes I do...so this is my little appreciation post to them....

Tai said...

I think that the fortunate are those that have people like that around them; the MOST fortunate are the ones that recognize it.
Cheers!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Deb, the angels you speak of are very important in our world, even though the majority of folks do not recognize them as messengers/servants from God. I have encountered what I believe to be more than my share of them, in many guises, from an elderly next-door-neighbor of my childhood to a Navajo shaman I encountered in Arizona.

Many years ago I heard Alan Jones, an Episcopal priest who traveled the world visiting monasteries of many religions, speak at the University of Kentucky when I was a freshman. He told of visiting a Greek Orthodox monastery deep in the Sahara dessert. The described the wondrous hospitality he received there and said, when he left, he asked the abbot about such hospitality given to him, a priest of a different Christian denomination.

Alan said that the abbot smiled and said, “We greet everyone as an angel, just in case.”

That story so impressed me that I have tried to do the same for the last 40+ years.

So, Deb, I respect you as an angel, just in case.

[:-)