by Mary Ann Johnson
Angels quietly go about doing their work of love, never demanding recognition or special privileges. Their work is unnoticed by most and is without praise and yet they bring the sparkle and love that would be so missed without them.
The first snapshot of an angel at work happened at an eastside school where a principal, large in stature, knelt beside a kindergartner and helped him cut his paper. That same gentle and kind man pulled a small girl around in a red wagon, as walking was nearly impossible for her. The children adore him. He reminds me of another man, large in stature, that sat in a little chair at Vernon School to listen to a small girl read. This angel man was the superintendent of the Tooele County School District at the time. His name was Stirling Harris. “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy.”
The second angel was seen on a moonlit night in a quiet neighborhood in Grantsville. He is a football player that tossed a football with his much younger brother and sister. Their silhouettes scurried and danced, the little ones jumping to reach their older brother’s hands and arms. Another brother in another town wrestled with his much younger brother and sister. They tugged at his shirt, giggling and tumbling. He too, loved his siblings enough to let them hang on him. “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.”
The third sort of angel has no equivalent. She is beyond description or definition. Calmly she soothes, consoles and comforts the most humble child of all, the severely handicapped. Like a baby, this child cannot care for himself. In this school district many angels called paras or aides take care of special needs children as if they were their own. They talk to them without returned verbalization, caring for their most basic needs. Similarly, in a farmhouse years ago, a small infant was cared for by her angel mother. The baby was born without a palate in her mouth. Lovingly, her mother did all she could to get food to reach the hungry baby’s stomach. She kept her alive. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.” Angels quietly go about doing their work.