Angels Do Walk Among Us

I was all ready to do a post about something completely different than what this has turned out to be.  I was chatting with a good friend about what my blog was going to be about and he suggested posting on the insanity of the Christmas season.  My reply was that it was overdone and I had already touched upon it in a prior post.  Besides, I thought later, I really wanted to keep away from the negative side of the season, the side of which my children, the youngest one anyway, seems to have been sucked into – the lists, the wanting more and more – I want, I want, I want – without regard for anyone (me) else.  The whole thing was making me  cranky.   I didn’t need to add to it.

So I set upon a path for a completely different blog, but I kept thinking about a post that Give Me a Valium With My Latte posted on Facebook today, and once again, the direction of my blog shifted, and I began to smile.

The spirit of Christmas had entered the building.

We all know times are tough for many and this time of year adds a little more pressure on those who struggle financially.  The desire to please and the desire to keep a roof over our heads crash in the middle and communication just breaks down.  But we find a way, somehow, with cutting corners here and there, or whatever it takes to make it through.

As it turns out, kind and loving people are stepping in and lending a hand, just because that is what resonates in their heart.  They have been dubbed the Layaway Angels.

These incredible people have stepped up to the plate and hit home runs for many, many people who used the layaway option at K-Mart stores as a way to purchase gifts for Christmas.  Before these people were scheduled to pay off the balance of their purchases last week, many of these earth angels had taken care of the balances for these customers, leaving them in tears – very, very happy tears.  For those fortunate enough to have been touched, this will be a Christmas to remember.

You can read the full story here.   It’s not very long, and well worth your  time.  The video had me in tears.

To me, this is what Christmas is all about.  The giving.  The love.  The reaching out.  It could take the shape of a check, a hug, a plate of homemade fudge, a warm meal, or the gift of song.  Whatever works.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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About Diana Murdock

California-grown, writer of contemporary and YA paranormal with enough energy to write, raise two boys, run, and dream.

Posted on December 21, 2011, in Christmas, Friendships, Human, Personal, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Happy Holidays Diana!!! For next Christmas I hope to have my book published so I can give it away to everybody I care about! LOL Xmas is always a good way to think about self-promotion too… 🙂

    Hope you’re well and you’ll have a happy holiday!!

    And I’ll see you in 2012! 😉 Hugs

  2. Its true, Angels do walk among us, in spirit and human form.

    Beautiful post, thank you for sharing this.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Angels are all around us. We just don’t see them anymore 🙂

    Beautiful post, full of wisdom and courage, sista. I am too overwhelmed with the commercialism of Christmas. Gifts, shopping, rush – that’s not what the holiday season should be about.

  4. I was taught as a kid that every being carries an angel around. It’s up to the individual to be influenced/touched by one. Call it a Christmas Miracle, compassion is contagious around holidays. I just saw one being touched by an angel & spreading the joy around.
    It’s a delight reading this. Wish you a Merry Christmas.

  5. Delightful! Thanks for sharing this.

    And Merry Christmas. 🙂

  6. Thank you for reminding me of the love and generosity that also comes at Christmas time, in spite of the commercialization. I needed that.

  7. What an amazing story. I cried the entire time I read it. WOW!! There are angels that walk among us spreading joy and love. Love it! Thanks for sharing it Diana!

  8. Beautiful post, Diana. What a great gesture, especially is these times. Really inspiring, thanks.

  9. That’s such a beautiful thing for them to do. My husband and I aren’t in a place right now where we’re able to do something like that, but I won’t forget this idea of paying off someone’s layaway item at Christmas for when money isn’t so tight for us.

  10. lynnkelleyauthor

    Yes, yes, yes! These kinds of uplifting and inspiring stories are what make Christmas so meaningful. I hadn’t heard of the layaway angels. That’s awesome. Great post, Diana!

  11. Are there Angels among us? Yes! They come to you and touch your heart with help or words or just kindness. And they are needed.

    The angels that seem to come to me more and more come in the form of poor people who have little to give but they do. I helped build a church in Brazil a few years ago and at the start I though I was going to help people who needed me. I came away with the truth that they touched me much more than I help them. I see it in Thailand too. The poorest of the poor not looking to me for something but offering me whatever they can and with smiles that fill me with the spirit of this season.

    Yes, angels are among us.

  12. How on earth am I just hearing about this? Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh Diana – *wiping eyes, blowing nose loudly … again* – thank you for letting us know about this. What a lovely, lovely story. Let’s all try to be Layaway Angels in our own small way during the holidays … and then keep it going. Did you listen to August’s song http://augustmclaughlin.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/original-holiday-tune-my-gift-to-you/ that reminds us every day is Christmas? What a pleasure to be connected to so many wise and thoughtful people.
    Sending you and your boys warmest wishes!

  14. Totally understand the stress and wanting to show a positive side to he season. Hence my 12 Days of Christmas Challenge blog.

  15. Oh, I LOVE this! I cried at this video too. This is the true spirit of the holidays!
    Something has gotten into me this year, and I’m just so happy. I mean…I’m always happy..but this year. I’m just SO excited for the holidays.
    I’m trying to embrace the true spirit and not just the ‘stuff’.
    Thank you!

  16. Thanks so much for this Diana. You’re an angel:) Happiest of Holidays to you and your family.
    Hugs, Kate

  17. Gorgeous post, Diana! Just tweeted the article. The true spirit of the holidays.

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