Is it not true? Beautiful Angels come in all shapes, sizes, colors, all languages, odors, dirty or clean, hungry or filled to the brim, rich or desperately poor, with or without sights, hands, feet, legs or arms, brilliant or of average intelligence, hearing impaired or mute, in or out of a wheelchair, able to walk or barely able to crawl, in or out of prison. That is why JESUS said, “When you attend to the least of these, you attend to me.”
Jackie looks at the wonders of God-inspired lives. She paints vivid pictures with her well-turned phrasing of words. She begins with the miracle of birth as she lets her mind wander to memories of lambing season in straw-filled barns back in Minnesota. She compares the loving and caring laps of our childhood to “a blossom, half spent. The older petals form an open lap for the new.” She describes these laps as luxurious laps of beauty, the laps of angels. She goes on with a fun and mischievous description of children who are “young angels with dirt under their fingernails, who fly kites like they had their spirits tied up in the tails.” She likes “children who splash in puddles and come home with dirty socks and talk of adventures.” In this well-crafted work, she then embraces the death experience as a beautiful experience “when life, as we know it, leaves with the gentle spirit of a farewell kiss, as peace comes gathering round.” However, it is the hopeful final message of this book that gives it wings into our hearts. Angels Welcome Here is a must read, and you will want to share it with those you love.