The Very Special Gift
By S. Guevara
Once upon a time, three angels were busily working in the miracle
factory. They were responsible for wrapping up all the little
miracles and sending them on their way. Normally they wrapped each
one in bright, sturdy paper with big, shiny ribbons. They stamped
them with a delivery date and away they would go to the parents who
eagerly awaited their arrival. Things usually ran pretty smoothly.
One day, however, down the conveyer belt came a little miracle that
made the angels pause. "Oh my," said the first angel "this one's
uhm...well...different." "Yes, he is unique" said the second
angel. "Well I think he is quite special," said the first angel "but
I don't think he will quite fit our standard wrapping procedures."
And the second angel added, "And we know he's special, but will
everyone else?" "Not a problem," said the third angel "obliviously a
special miracle deserves extra special wrapping; and of course we'll
send him off with our most heartfelt blessings. Then everyone will
see how special he is." "What a wonderful idea!" replied the others.
So they searched the shelves high and low for their finest paper, and
their most delicate ribbons.
When they were done, they stood back and admired their
work. "Beautiful!" thay all agreed. "Now for our blessings," said the
third angel "for it is time for him to go." "I will bless him with
innocence and happiness," said the first angel. "And I will bless him
with strength to face the many challenges that lie ahead" said the
second angel. "And I will bless him with an inner beauty that will
shine on all who look upon him" said the third angel. Before sending
him off the third angel, who was very wise, gently tucked a note
And it said,
Today you have received a very special gift. It may not be what you
were expecting and you may be disappointed, angry and hurt. But
please know that she comes with many blessings. And, while there may
be pain, he will bring you much joy. He will take you on a very
difficult journey but you will meet many wonderful people. He will
teach you patience and understanding and make you reach deep inside
yourselves to find a source of strength and faith you never knew you
had. He will enrich your lives and will touch the hearts of all who
meet him. He may be fragile but he has great inner strength.
So please handle him with care. Give him lots of attention and shower
him with hugs and kisses. Love him with all your heart and he will
blossom before your eyes. His spirit will shine like the brightest
star for all to see and you will know that you are truly blessed."