Friday, December 08, 2006
A Bulgarian Angel
Hail, faire brothers and sisters in Christ. Just looking out at the first snow of the year here, and reminiscing about a wonderful trip I took last year to Bulgaria. The picture is of one of the main Orthodox Christian churches in the capital city of Sophia.
A minute or so after snapping this picture, I was walking away from the church, and I noticed a tiny, wrinkled old lady, wrapped in a pitifully thin shawl and gloves. God moved on my heart, I pulled out my wallet and gave her the entire remainder of my Bulgarian currency. Surprised, she looked from the money in my hand to my face in a questioning way...and I distantly heard myself saying, as I pointed to the church, "This is from God. He loves you." Not expecting her to understand, I embarrassedly turned and began to walk away.
Two steps later, I heard a broken, sweet reply. "From...God. You...too." I looked back, and the face I saw had the most beautiful, toothless smile I've ever seen, beneath the gleaming eyes of a 5-year old girl. I had been graced with a visit from one of God's angels.
I remember her now, in this season, for you to consider...if a small baby had not been born in a cold, dark stable some 2,000 years ago, I would not have been so blessed on that day in Sophia. Our blessings spring from that small One, the story of His life among us, and His daily encouragement to millions of believers around the world. In that only can we trust.
May His blessings reach you in a great way this Christmas...