In the festive favourite It’s a Wonderful Life George wishes he’d never been born, and when an angel grants him that wish, he discovers how precious life is and what a positive difference he has made to others over the years. In the film The Family Man, self-satisfied high-flyer Jack meets an angel who gives him another kind of glimpse, he shows him what life would have been like if he’d loved people rather than wealth and power. Jack finds himself impoverished materially, but enriched like crazy in other more chaotic, more important ways. When the glimpse is over, like Scrooge, Jack is a changed man. Angels can appear in all kinds of guises to show us what matters in life. Sometimes in the words and actions of friends and strangers. I’ll never forget the unexpected smile from a passing stranger which lifted my spirits no end, one weary day in London. Which of course does mean we may be an ‘angel’ for someone today, bring a smile, or a kind word or act to another. We never know what folks are living with or going through, and how much we have the power in our hands to make life a little better for them.
Lord, please help us to bring your kindness to others today, even if we are not aware of it, Amen.