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By: Joe DiMino

"The Angel Who Lost Her Tree" by Joe DiMino

Celeste was a pretty little angel. Everyone in Heaven loved her. She had the most charming wings, and rainbow halo; however, she had the forgetful habit of loosing things. When put in charge of clouds, a responsible position for all the flowers depended on the rain, she seemed to always misplace a few--dropping them between mountains making for foggy valleys; and even when rain fell from the clouds that Celeste was to oversee, several drops never made their way to the ground to nourish the crops in the fields and fruit trees, and no-one could ever find them no matter how hard they looked. But she was still loved, for that is Heaven's way. And God often reminded the other angels, that they must care for one another, just as they care for all the children in the world; watching over them as they sleep, and staying close, protecting them throughout the day while at school and later at play. So God's response to the angels who thought Celeste was not of the highest rank was to give Celeste a very special responsibility--she would have her own Christmas tree.

Now as you know--or perhaps you don't know so let me briefly explain: Some pine trees are blessed to be very special trees, with the greatest honor--that of becoming a season's Christmas tree. They had to be just the right height, and grow no taller, for every family had their prayer order. They had to have just the right shape, and holiday green--with all of winter's charming pine-fragrance, ultra frosting for just the right gleam. And that was the dilemma--Celeste had gotten separated from her tree.

As you know, or perhaps don't know, so I will briefly explain--very briefly, for Christmas is only days away. What would a tree do without its angel atop? So sad if not one to hear the children's prayers and wishes; to bless the lights, the silver tinsel and charming decorations--all made with love, watched over by Guardians yet higher above. Yes, what would Celeste's tree do if the top were bare, without her angel's care? She was frantic, and searched the forest, thinking perhaps it had not yet been cut. She tried the many parking lots and corners, where the trees gathered--already having been sorted, proudly waiting to be picked-up by their rightful owners. But Celeste could not find hers. She began to weep--her tears growing cold and changing to snow. Of course, though Celeste did not know it at the time, this was good; the children having all wished for snow on Christmas, and till then there had not fell a single flake; not one snowball any child was able to make. Soon the entire city was covered in Christmas-white--with snow reflecting all the many colored lights. Celeste grew sadder--which was good, for her tree heard her weep; and as everyone knows--or perhaps you don't know, so I will briefly assure you, that Christmas trees never sleep. Though you don't see them, they have ears and eyes way up above; seeing all and hearing all, ready to respond with love. Eyes of the many angels are seen as Christmas lights. Ears are all of Heaven listening for hymns celebrating Christmas nights. We celebrate Christmas nights as we do the joyful Eves and Days. The earth blessed by God with never-ending mirth if the greatest worth we acknowledge is that of Jesus' holy birth. Celeste's tree grew ever greener and brighter--till Celeste could not help but notice such outpouring of light. Celeste found her tree. Perhaps they are yours this season? "A Merry Christmas to all--and to all a good night."


Angel Stories

Some may never see with earthly eyes these heavenly beings or know that they exist. Many are unaware of the numerous ways they have protected and guided us. We would like to share with you the stories of people who take pleasure in expressing how real angels are.

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  1. Angel to the rescue, by Mary
  2. i saw the light of glory, by grace.p.
  3. Saved from death, by Sylvia
  4. saving an infant, by Amanda Allen
  5. PROTECTORS, by Paul
  6. A is for Archangel, by Mary Brown
  7. the two, by kerry
  8. A Beautiful Glow, by Angela
  9. Not Just an Ordinary Man, by Summer DeFelice
  10. Relax, by William Jensen
  11. St. Raphael, by Richard M. Hanisits, M.Ed.
  12. No Title, by Amy
  13. clouds, by bob wintersons
  14. baby angel, by Anna
  15. Angels, by Debra Smith
  16. A Blessed Life, by Emma
  17. Saved by a legion of Angels, by Catherine Eisenhart
  18. My Wedding day, by Jennifer Smith Barras
  19. Dad, by Kathy Armstrong Alegria
  20. Archangel Gaberial, by Curt
  21. Angels by the road, by Holly B
  22. The Angel Who Lost Her Tree, by Joe DiMino
  23. SARAH, by Colleen Ferguson
  24. whatever you do to the least of my brothers, by Manny
  25. Angel in the crib, by Emma
  1. Angel of the Miraculous Medal, by Nicole Curry
  2. car accident, by Tiffany
  3. Highway Angel, by GilbertTX
  4. a brief glimpse, by valerie
  5. My Guardian Angel Encounter, by Doris Van Wiltenburg
  6. Out Of The Woods, by Carol Ross
  7. angel in the sky, by L. Hernandez
  8. Must go to church!, by Angela Lopez
  9. Car Angel, by LISA MENINO
  10. Vietnam War Miracle, by Sidney Mathious
  11. Miracle as a child playing, by Sidney Mathious
  12. angel walked with me all day, by ashlea
  13. The Dove, by Michael De La Cerda
  14. Peace, by Carrie
  15. A visit at night, by G. Milling
  16. While in France., by Nita C. Hicks
  17. Angel told me my mother would be ok, by Joe Genovese
  18. Road side assistance, by Joe Genovese
  19. The Blessed Mother in a dream, by D. Mather CA
  20. my story, by me
  21. saved by angel, by lisa badon
  22. Saved By An Angel, by Lisa
  23. Angel Kisses, by Sarah Malone
  24. Dream of a voice and white surroundings, by Mary in NJ
  25. Auto Accident, by MaryinNJ

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