We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, ‘Hi.’ He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.
I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled.. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists.. ‘Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy. I see ya,’ the man said to Erik.
My husband and I exchanged looks.
Erik continued to laugh and answer, ‘Hi.’ Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, ‘Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo?’
Nobody thought the old man was cute. My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments.
We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. ‘Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me,’ I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s ‘pick-me-up’ position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man.
Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love and kinship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder. The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time.
I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine. He said in a firm commanding voice, ‘You take care of this baby.’
Somehow I managed, ‘I will,’ from a throat that contained a stone.
He pried Erik from his chest, lovingly and longingly, as though he were in pain. I received my baby, and the man said, ‘God bless you, ma’am, you’ve given me my Christmas gift.’
I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, ‘Please God, forgive me.’
I had just witnessed Christ’s love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was not. I felt it was God asking, ‘Are you willing to share your son for a moment?’ when He shared His for all eternity. How did God feel when he put his baby in our arms 2000 years ago.
The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, ‘To enter the Kingdom of God , we must become as little children.’
Your true self is not the clothes on your back, or the car you drive, it is how you treat your fellow man that identifies who you are.
This one is a keeper.
Angel Wisdom with Sharon Taphorn – Spiritual Reward
A situation or a part of your life is moving forward, and starting to work in a way you had not imagined. Trust that fortune is on your side and smiling down upon you. It feels almost magical and we say that it is, it is also representing the work that you have done to get to where you are. Be sure to keep your emotions balanced and in check and know it is a fantastic time to make some long term plans as happy outcomes are assured.
Have confidence in yourself and keep your focus on the prize as you receive brilliant new ideas that will lead to your success. Things are looking favourably and so be patient and trust that it is coming. Don’t give up, have courage and believe in yourself and your dreams. Fall in love with life once again, as there is much to celebrate and even more to enjoy and savour.
Affirmation: “Wonderful change is happening for me right now and leading me to a time of great spiritual growth and rewards.
This post has my name all over it. She is speaking directly to me. 😀 — my comments in Blue
Angel Wisdom with Sharon Taphorn
You are nearing the end of a phase in your spiritual transformation and it is important for you to ensure that you have brought an end to any difficult situations so that you can move forward to this next phase that is ready for you now. — I bring all difficult situations to an END, and am moving forward to this EXQUISITE new phase.
It is just waiting for you to step up and do the completions at hand. It is time to move forward and every cell within your being knows and feels this and sometimes it even feels like there is a cellular revolution going on inside, and well, there is. — Every cell feels it. I know it is there. It has been a long time coming and I am ready to receive. All Love and Blessings come to me.
As you release any ties that bind you to the past, you will experience the freedom you have been longing for.
— I HAVE been longing.
You will find the magic in every little thing in your life as you expand your understanding and embrace the change that is happening. This is what is helping you create the home life you desire and to see the manifestations of your dreams and desires. Expect things to get better now and they will. — I truly KNOW that things are getting better NOW.
Affirmation: “I release the experiences of the past and expect better and greater things in my “now” as I transform the situations in my life with love and understanding. “
A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne (Creator of The Secret)
From The Secret Daily Teachings
No-one is destined to live a life of poverty, because each of us has the ability
to change everything in this life. The law of attraction is the law of creation,
and it allows each person to create the life they want.
Every person has their own unique circumstances to overcome, but every single
person has the opportunity to achieve anything – and change everything.
May the joy be with you,
Copied From Sharon Taphorn’s Angel Wisdom – January 7th, 2013
This is the optimum time for you to explore what is coming your way so that if you choose to make corrections to your course, you can do so with ease. You know what you would like to create, it is just that the “how” often gets in the way. Or perhaps its your thoughts on the “hows” that get in the way. Regardless, this is a great time to venture forth with new ideas and inspirations and prepare to bring them into the physical world. Things look promising if you are brave enough to act.
Clear away what no longer serves you or your growth. Oftentimes things are kept out of duty and obligation, be they thoughts, feelings or things, and it is time to let them go. See the gift and the humour and move on. Let the memories of the past be that and keep the love. You are so ready for the next steps with this newness that you feel born within you and it is finally time. Plan the garden that you wish to grow and then begin the planting, and nurturing and you will be rewarded with a great bounty.
Affirmation: “Each day I am creating opportunities and experiences that mirror my dreams and desires and I am seeing the results manifesting before me.”