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Angels In Our Midst - Going To The Peripheries

Shirley Gormley, associate

On a Tuesday, a friend invited me to accompany her to the Friendship Room, which is an outreach of the Salvation Army. They serve coffee, donuts, muffins, etc. to people who drop-in. I knew very little about this ministry and was eager to learn more so I accepted.

When I walked in the door, eyes and smiles focused on me. I had a strong sense of being welcomed. They did not know me and I did not know them, but that did not matter. They wanted to know my name, where I live, and anything I chose to share with them. It was obvious that, materially, they were among the poor; however, they had a richness of spirit that I have not experienced in a long time. I read somewhere that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. God was very present in this encounter. I believe that we have angels in our midst. We do not need to travel far to experience them. We simply need to open our eyes to be aware of their presence.

To make the experience even better, I sat beside a man whom I had taught in Tignish High School many years ago. We reminisced about our experiences back then and had many laughs. Salvation Army made plans to provide a meal on Valentine’s Day and I made plans to be there. 

 

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