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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


The following e-mail is received from Joe B. It is a humorous analogy but yet is true in our daily lives.

I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel-guide stopped in front of the first Section and said, 'This is the Receiving Section.
Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.'
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second Section.
The angel then said to me, 'This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.’ I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small Station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. 'This is the Acknowledgment Section,' my angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed. 'How is it that there is no work going on here?' I asked.
'So sad,' the angel sighed, 'after people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back their acknowledgments ..'
'How does one acknowledge God's blessings?' I asked.
'Simple,' the angel answered, ‘just say, “Thank you, Lord.”
'What blessings should they acknowledge?' I asked.
- 'If you have food in the refrigerator, clothing for youself and your family, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.

– ‘If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.'
- 'If you get this message on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.'
- 'If you wake up in the morning and find yourself with more health than illness, you are more blessed than those who do not even survive this day.'
- 'If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 700 million people in the world.'
- 'If you can pray the mass without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death, you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in the world.'
- 'If your parents are still alive and still married, you are very rare.'
- 'If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.'
Ok, now what? How can I start? If you happen to read this message, you have just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
After having read this post, recite the following prayer to make the lonely Angel in the Acknowledgment Section happy and busy to register your thanksgiving prayer ... at least as you wake up every morning.

“Thank you Lord for what I am, where I am and whatever I have to share with my family this day.”

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