Homeward Bound

Thinking I had a plane to catch, I’d dismissed today’s classes with an essay assignment in preparation for the upcoming exit exam. Thinking the better of working at home once I realized I’d jumped the gun by a day, I arrived on campus in sufficient time to grab my gradebook from the office and head to the classroom. One student was already inside and two more entered within minutes. Facetiously, one apologized for interrupting my efforts to grade their work, while another confessed to being confused as to whether my conference was this week or next. The third simply admitted that it was easier to come here and study for another class than go anywhere else and so we all did our own thing, more or less, together. Each asked a question about something class-related before the period was over and I got the tip of my dreams, a prayer answered really. One student told me of a green community not too far from where I used to live. Immediately, I said a giant thank you to Jesus. Confirmation comes from the strangest places! The email below was waiting when I returned to the office. It was too good not to share, no matter how many times it’s been passed around. It’s new to me!

I  dreamed that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me  around.  We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom  filled with angels.  My angel guide stopped in front of the  first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section.   Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.”

I  looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so  many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper  sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we  moved on down a long  corridor until we reached the second  section.

The angel then said to me, “This is the  Packaging and Delivery Section.  Here, the graces and  blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to  the living persons who asked for them.”

I noticed again  how busy it was there.  There were many angels working hard  at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and  were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally  at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door  of a very small station.  To my great surprise, only one  angel was seated there, idly doing nothing.  “This is the  Acknowledgment Section,” my angel friend quietly admitted to  me.  He seemed embarrassed.

“How is it that there is no work going on here?” I asked.

“So sad,” the angel sighed.  “After people receive the blessings that  they asked for, very few send back  acknowledgments.”

“How does one acknowledge God ‘ s blessings?” I asked.

“Simple,”  the angel answered.  Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”

“What  blessings should they acknowledge?”  I asked.

“If you  have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof  overhead, and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this  world.  If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and  spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world ‘ s  wealthy.”

“And if  you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the  world who has that opportunity.”

“If you  woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more  blessed than the many who will not even survive this  day.”

“If you  have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of  imprisonment, the agony  of torture, or the pangs of starvation,  you are ahead of 700 million people in the  world.”

“If you  can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest,  torture, or death, you are envied by and more blessed than three  billion people in the world.”

“If  your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare.”

“If you  can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm.  You ‘ re unique to all those in doubt and  despair.”

“Okay.   What now?  How can I start? ‘

If you  can read this message, you just received a double blessing in  that someone was thinking of you as very special, and you are  more blessed than over two billion people in the world who  cannot read at all.

Have a  good day.    Count your blessings .  And if you  care to, pass this along to remind everyone else how blessed we  all are.

ATTN:    Acknowledge Dept.

“Thank  you Lord for giving me the ability to share this message and for giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share  it.”

 

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