ANGELS COME IN MANY FORMS
Something remarkable just happened to me recently, which brought up lots of sweet emotions. I was in our town—Paso Robles, California—trying to get a glance of Lance Armstrong as he went across the finish line in the Amgen bike race. For almost 30 minutes, I stood on my tip-toes trying to see through the crowd, waiting for the bicyclists to soar into town. But just when Lance arrived, someone lunged in front of me and I didn't see anything but the back of all the spectators. However, that's not what brought up emotions.
As I waited for the crowd to subside, I sat down on a bench in the park. A young man with Down's Syndrome asked if he could sit next to me and I scooted over to make room for him. He plopped down, turned to me and said, "I love you!" and flung his arms around me in a big hug. He kept saying, "I love you! You are wonderful!" It was a simple, vulnerable expression of love . . . without fear or judgment. It felt holy and healing. I was so deeply touched. He placed his head on my shoulder and sighed. Then after awhile, he sat up, looked at my throat and asked me to swallow. He then lightly placed his fingers on my throat and asked me to swallow again and again. He finally said. "Good." And he got up and waved good-bye saying, "My name's Eric. Maybe we will see each other again."
The amazing thing about this wasn't just the depth of love and affection that he showered on me, but the miraculous healing that occurred after he left. For the last 20 years I've had some large nodules on my thyroid. They were always a little sore. The next day when I touched my throat and swallowed, I couldn't feel them at all. They were gone! Of course, there could be many reasons why these nodules have disappeared, but one reason could be that this loving teenager was an angel in disguise. (I believe that angels are all around us in many forms, we just have to be open to feel their loving presence.)
Well, I'm in Bavaria as you read this, perched high on top of a snow covered peak in a tiny hotel. (There are only nine rooms). There is space on this peak for only one hotel and the mountain sheers straight down in all directions from the walls of the hotel. The road up here is steep and scary, but wow! It's beautiful once one arrives.
You have my deepest blessings and all my love,