The holidays are fast approaching and for those of us who have lost a loved one it stirs up emotions. That has been my case these past few days. But today, God cheered me up and made my day a wonderful one.
The church is one of the sponsors for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. One of the church volunteers, Marjorie, was looping a string on the Angel Tree tags to hang them on the tree. I was curious, so I stopped by her desk and asked what she was doing. She went on to explain the program and how it works. She mentioned that each tag has a child’s name with information such as age, favorite color, their needs with sizes and their desired Christmas gifts. The tags are hung on a Christmas tree and members and friends can select them, purchase the gifts, and return the gifts to the Angel Tree. Maybe I’ll grab one I thought and proceeded to my office.
Once in my office I called my husband and told him about the Angel Tree Program. We decided to participate. After our call ended, I thought about my angel in heaven. He’s been on my mind a lot lately. God knows how much I miss him. “I can’t get Richie a gift, but I can get a gift for a young child and make their Christmas a happy one,” I thought.
I returned to the reception area and asked the volunteer, “When can I grab my Angel Tree tag?” and there it was. The tag read “Ricardo,” not “Richard”, but “Ricardo.” It was staring right at my face on the very top of the pile, I just stared at it in shock. The volunteer was oblivious of what was happening. She said, “Well I found a little girl’s tag if you want it.” I responded, “You know what, I’m going to take this one right here.” Look at the name, it says Ricardo. My son’s name was Ricardo” and I proceeded to explain to her what had just happened. She smiled at me and said, that’s God’s way of letting you know your son is always with you and that you can indeed get a gift for Ricardo.
Tears were already filling my eyes. I felt that God was listening to me and letting me know that Richie is always with me. God always has my back. Thank you Lord for such a beautiful message.
If you’re interested in adopting a child for Christmas visit https://www.tsamm.org/angeltree/adopt.dpi.