Christmas Made Brighter By The Littlest Angel

Many years ago, as community relations manager for an insurance company, one of my more pleasant tasks was to invite kids from a downtown homeless shelter to an annual special event. We hosted a holiday dinner for them in our dining room several days before Christmas. Employees brought in gifts, decorations and candles to make the occasion special for our little guests.

I was just loading my camera with film (remember those days?) to shoot photos to send to the news media. A moment before, the dining room had been empty. In the nearby hallway, our employees were joining with the kids for a sing-along of holiday music.

Then, when I looked through the lens, there she was sitting alone at the table. She was wearing her very best dress, eyes raised heavenward in her own private prayer of thanks. The little girl was obviously waiting for the turkey and all the trimmings to be served. However, to me she was an angelic vision exactly right for the spirit of Christmas.

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