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14 June 2000 @ 09:56 pm
traveling angels  
Two traveling angels stopped to spend
the night in the home of a wealthy
family. The family was rude and refused
to let the angels stay in the mansion's
guest room. Instead the angels were given
a space in the cold basement. As they made
their bed on the hard floor, the older
angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired
it. When the younger angel asked why, the
older angel replied....

"Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the
house of a very poor, but very hospitable
farmer and his wife. After sharing what
little food they had, the couple let the
angels sleep in their bed where they could
have a good nights rest.

When the sun came up the next morning
the angels found the farmer and his
wife in tears. Their only cow, whose
milk had been their sole income, lay
dead in the field. The younger angel
was infuriated and asked the older angel

"How could you have let this happen!?

The first man had everything, yet you
helped him," she accused. "The second
family had little but was willing to
share everything, and you let their
cow die."

"Things aren't always what they seem,"
the older angel replied.

"When we stayed in the basement of the
mansion, I noticed there was gold stored
in that hole in the wall. Since the owner
was so obsessed with greed and unwilling
to share his good fortune, I sealed the
wall so he wouldn't find it. Then last
night as we slept in the farmers bed, the
angel of death came for his wife. I gave
her the cow instead.

"Things aren't always what they seem. "

Sometimes this is exactly what happens when
things don't turn out the way you think they
should. If you have faith, you just need to
trust that every outcome is always to your
advantage. You might not know it until some
time later.