Thursday, April 19

Always Remember I Have Sent You Nothing But Angels

{A Life LESSON For Us ALL} 

Books have always been important to me. Growing up in rural Minnesota, living in the country, the opportunity to go to a library, rarely arose.  We did however, get to visit the "book-mobile".  The book-mobile was an RV looking thing, that transported me to other worlds. This was my personal "reading rainbow" with a pot of gold found at the Clements Legion. So many inspirations came from those books carried around the country side for farm kids like me.  Even though my childhood library was mobile, it instilled in me a permanent love for both the art of images and the written word. This love of books, I have shared with my own children. Since their births, reading was, and is, a daily activity.  
Of the books that I have shared with my children, 
ONE stands out as a MUST READ for all children...
 {of God}
The Little Soul &  The Sun
A Children's Parable 

by Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations With God
{Please take the time to read the story HERE before you read further}

I read this book last week to Hannah, and each time I read it, I weep. 
I weep because it reminds me of all the angels that have past through my life.
But sometimes I forget...and need to be reminded.
This week a new angel passed through my life and we both, will be, forever changed by the experience. On Monday my wedding ring was taken from my desk, I say taken, as I just couldn't won't believe a student would steal it from me. Even if that is how it was viewed by many.  I also say taken, because my faith made me believe that it would be returned. Monday was the begining of some of the saddest days in my life.  Brent & I spent the evening in tears, praying and hoping that it would be returned the next day.  Tuesday came, as all days do, and I anxiously arrived at school, hoping the most significant possession {I no longer possessed it} symbol I owned {I no longer owned it} of our marriage, would be returned.  
It wasn't... 
I felt absolutely sick. I looked awful, and I was an emotional mess. 
{I'm an a art teacher, we teach empathy and can't help help but FEEL} 
I was so angry. Angry at myself for taking it off.  Angry for placing it on my desk, so I could help students "throw" on the potter's wheel.  
Angry that I trusted teenagers... What was I thinking?
 "Who could do this to me? To us? To my family? 
And then, I remembered...with my soul not my mind.
God had sent me an angel to FORGIVE! 
This little soul and I were dancing...learning...growing.
{following italicized words are excerpts from the Little Souls & The Sun}
"I get to be forgiving, I get to be forgiving!"
"In the moment that I strike you and smite you," the Friendly Soul replied, "in the moment that I do the worst to you that you could possible imagine ~
 in that very moment..."
"Yes?" the Little Soul interrupted, "yes...?""Remember Who I Really Am."
And the Little Soul waited anxiously to be able to experience itself as Forgiveness, and to thank whatever other soul made it possible. And at all the moments in that new lifetime, whenever a new soul appeared on the scene, whether that new soul brought joy or sadness--and especially if it brought sadness--the Little Soul thought of what God had said.
"Always remember," God had smiled, "I have sent you nothing but angels."
From St. Peter's Basillica
My ring was returned late Wednesday. 
The experience brought me closer to my colleagues, my students, my husband & my faith. 
I hope that this helps you to see all the angels in your life. 
In heaven we are all beautiful, bright souls...
Some of us just forget.
Help someone remember!
The Steffls


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Always believe in God to get inner satisfaction. you have great farm indeed a blessing for all.

Jamie Steffl said...

Thank you for your kind words. The story has always spoken to me but now has a very personal meaning. God provides all we need even opportunities to grow.