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2013, December Caroline Sutherland Newsletter By: Caroline Sutherland



Happy Holidays Everyone,


As we move into the meaning of this season, the following story gives pause for reflection.  


Who knew over 2000 years ago, that the birth of a tiny baby in an obscure town would become the most celebrated event in human history? Today, Jesus of Nazareth remains the most popular person who ever lived, and the Bible, the most popular book ever sold. Who knew? We should never underestimate the importance and meaning of events in our lives - illustrated in this story:


Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night at the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansions' guest room. Instead the angels were given a space it the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't always what they seem."


The next night, the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor but hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed, where they awoke to find the wife in tears. Their cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.


The younger angel was upset and asked the older angel, "How could you let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him," she accused. "The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let their cow die."  


"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in the hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he couldn't find it. Then last night, as we slept in the farmer's bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave her the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem."  


Sometimes this is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way we think they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every outcome is meant to be, and every event is part of the tapestry of your life. You might not know this until sometime later. But think about this:

·         Should you find it hard to sleep tonight: Just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

·         Should you find yourself stuck in traffic, don't despair: There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.

·         Should you have a bad day at work: Think of the person who has been out of work for months.

·         Should you despair over a relationship gone bad: Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.

·         Should you grieve the passing of another weekend: Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week, for $15.00 to feed her family.

·         Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance: Think of the disabled person who would love the opportunity to take a walk.

·         Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror: Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had a full head of hair.

·         Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what life is all about, asking "what s my purpose," be thankful. There are those who don't live long enough to get the opportunity.

·         Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, and smallness: Remember things could be worse, you could be them!

Even though things are not always what they seem, the Christmas message of love and caring, remains a constant, shining beacon to light our way.


To each one of you, I send my best wishes for Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!


Many blessings, Caroline


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