Long ago a dear little girl told me the following true story.
She was on a trip, far from home. As a treat the family stopped at an all-you-can-eat restaurant buffet for dinner.
They had a wonderful time. There was a lot of laughter and goofing off whenever they would stop to eat together--but this time was extra special. She had finished her plate, but was still hungry so she decided to get seconds--after all--it said "all you can eat."
As she stood in line, a tiny wrinkled man in a brown suit, wearing a dapper hat stood next to her.
When she glanced at him, his eyes twinkled. Holding her gaze, he said kindly, "My dear, someday you will need to make some hard choices in your life." He told her she would need to choose wisely.
She glanced down for a moment, wondering what he meant.
To her surprise when she looked back up--he was gone. There wasn't a trace of him anywhere--and there was no way he could have walked away without being seen.
An angel? Perhaps he gave this small girl words of wisdom to remember in the future?
I am sure this must have been so. He was an angel, clothed as a human, sent to give a special blessing to a tiny girl with a beautiful heart. I have it on good authority she never forgot that meeting, or the advice he gave.
Blessings to each of you this new year. It comes full of possibilities and miracles. God's helpers are all around. You are not alone.