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She always had a smile on her face. She lived in a small apartment at her sister’s house. She had lived there for over three decades. No one would have imagined that big house without that small apartment.

Dolores was a quiet woman and always kept busy. Her two Cocker Spaniels were the love of her life. They had been a gift from a friend before dying, as were her flowers in the garden she cared for. There was not a corner where Dolores’ roses, carnations and violets did not bloom in full splendor.

Every morning at dawn, this good woman would rise to have her morning prayer. She never started her day without a deep study of the Sacred Book, as she would call the Bible.  Her face full of peace would shine with a special light after each morning prayer.

One day, something terrible happened at the big house. Two robbers broke into the house and held everyone hostage by locking them in a closet. Dolores’ granddaughter was gravely affected by this incident and spent many months in therapy. She suffered from constant nightmares and had difficulty sleeping.

Reading and Rocking

It was then that Dolores offered to help her granddaughter. Every night, before going to bed, she would sit in a rocking chair next to her bed and she would read stories from The Bible Story Series. The child would carefully listen until she would slowly fall asleep. If by any chance she would wake up, she always knew her grandmother would be sitting in her rocking chair as a guardian angel.

Dolores now rests in the Lord, but her memory lives on in all of us who had the opportunity to meet her. She taught us that, more often than not, it is not necessary to do big things. All you need to do… is be an angel!

“To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill, Selah. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me” (Psalm 3:4, 5).

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