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The Angel
By Kathleen L. McDonald
Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Sometimes angels are sent to help us when we least expect it. A short story

The Angel


“Bah! Humbug! Christmas Day,”he said

A tear in his eye as he turned away.


What was there for him to be happy for

On this cold and wintry day


Carolers singing as they walked down the lane

Songs of Christmas a joyous refrain


Heavy in heart he watched as they went out of sight

Happiness eluding him on this holy night


All he had was memories from Christmas past

Unhappy ones full of abuse each worse than the last


There was no Merry Christmas when he was young

He never really felt that he ever truly belonged


Parents that did drugs and drank themselves into a stupor

Beat their kids and sent them to bed without supper


Nightmares have tortured him all of his life

Never any happy moments because of all the strife


“Bah! Humbug!” he thought again as he walked down the street

When he was young there were no special treats.


And then a lonely child came into his view

As he listened, the child said, ”Bah! Humbug!” for Christmas too.


He stopped and looked at this tattered and crying child

For he knew what he was going through


This was him as a boy sitting on those stairs

Dirty and cold so unhappy because no one cared


With a saddened heart he sat next to that child

Remembering days of his youth and asked him. ”What

can I do to help you?”


Tears flowing from his eyes the child said, “There is

nothing that you can do.”


“I am all alone for no one really cares, my parents

are drunk and drugged sleeping upstairs.”



“No Christmas tree or gifts. No holiday cheer.

They both are passed out from drinking beer.


So another Christmas will come and go

Bah! Humbug is all I know.”


He looked at this small child remembering years ago

Torment he had suffered  brought tears of release

His heart said it was time to let it go


He gently took the child in his arms and hugged him tight

Both of them releasing their anger on this holy night


“Come on kid, lets you and I go to town

look at all the decorations as we walk around”


As they walked and talked a wonderful feeling

Came into his heart and opened his soul


This child’s small hand began to glow

His body changed from a child into an angel


The man stopped walking and just stared

Here before him was someone who cared


“I am your guardian angel sent from above

from Jesus to let you know you are loved.


Things happen in our life we can not control

But in your heart you must learn to let them go.


For Jesus is always standing by your side

Your grief from Him you can not hide.


When you cry he is there to wipe away your tears

He has been doing that for you all these years.


When you are sad he takes you into his arms and

Hugs you tight

Keeping the nightmares away during the night


When you feel that your life is through

 He will send an angel to help you


That is why I am here tonight to let you know

There are those who do care and will never let you go”


The angel slowly disappeared into the night

Leaving the man full of Jesus spirit and love


















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Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 11/5/2008
Kathy Lynn, this was so heartwarming and touching. A real feel-good story that warms a weary soul. It is good to be reminded that we are never alone. Beautiful story-telling with a wonderful message. Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/16/2008
Soooo captivating and feel good right to remind us as the months fly by quicker and quicker towards Christmas that miracles can and do happen but often we may be the ones who need to open the door for them. Well done Kathy.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/13/2008
A heart warming story, Kathy Lynn. I don't know where I'd be today if angels had not looked after me throughout some pretty scary times. Thank you for sharing. Love and blessings to you,

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/13/2008
Beautiful write about the REAL meaning of Christmas and why we should honor Him instead of Santa Claus or all things commercial! GREAT write; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)

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