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Entertaining Angels Unaware?
Angels are known to appear in
various shapes and disguises! So
itiswithKarenCarter,areal`Earth
Angel.'BeforeImether,another
elderly friend kept singing her
praisesandtellingmehowamaz-
ingsheis.OnedayImetKaren
formyselfandmylife
hasbeenblessedmany
timesoverjusttoknow
herandhermanyacts
ofkindheartedness!
The Angel Issue of
Awarenessisoneofmy
favorites.Ilovetowrite
about"Angels"andwas
lookingforagoodsto-
rytoshare.SuddenlyI
saw Karen telling me
ofsome`lovingkind-
ness' (my words, not
hers)shehaddoneforeldersin
anursinghomewhereshetakes
`communion' to patients every
Friday morning, and I saw my
real live`EarthAngel'rightbe-
foremyeyes!SheisanAngeldis-
guisedasmyfriend.
Itisinterestinghowoftenwe
aresurroundedbyour`Angels,'
but do not recognize them be-
causeofthedisguisestheywear.
Karen is known for spreading
Love,Kindness,andCompassion
everywhereshegoes!Herdaugh-
terTracytoldmeshehasseen
her mothertravelmanyplaces,
meetsomeoneandmakeanew
life-longfriend.
What is it that makes Karen
soextraspecial?Weallhavelove
andkindnessinus.Someshow
it more than others but Karen
showhersallthetime.It's`Sec-
ondNature'toher,andwhileshe
issweetsheisalso`mischievous
andplayful.'Noonelovesjokes
orcartoonsmorethanshe.
Foryearsshediscoveredthat
my husband loved puzzles and
cartoons,soshewouldsaveup
abatchfromhernewspaperand
send them to him by mail. He
loved her thoughtfulness and
whenhewasveryillinthehos-
pital,shesenthimget-wellcards
filledwithpuzzlesandcartoons
tocheerhimup!
There was our `Earth Angel'
reachingoutwithamazingcheer-
fulness in his darkest time and
remindinghimofthepowerof
Loveinourlivestocomfortus
andgiveusthestrengthtobear
upforwhatisbeforeus.
After my husband passed, I
found Karen's cards and letters
filledwithcartoonsinhismem-
orabilia box where he kept his
treasureslikeachildkeepsase-
curityblanketnearby.
Karen is the middle child of
sevenbecausehertwinbrother
wasborntwominutesbeforeshe
was.Shehadfivesistersandthey
areremarkablyclosetothisvery
day!Eachyeartheyget
togetherfortravelad-
venturesandhavean
outrageous time be-
ing silly and playing
games!
The whole family
was unusually close
fromtheverystartof
familylifeandKaren
believesthathermoth-
er and father set the
tone and taught ap-
preciationandaccep-
tanceforeachindividualmember.
Theyplayedtogether,workedto-
gether,andprayedtogetherevery
evening.
Thefamilylivedonafarmfor
agoodpartofKaren'slifeandshe
lovedtobein`Nature'andout
ofthehouseasmuchaspossible.
Karenlikedtoplayandexplore
wild places around her family
home.HeryoungestsisterNancy
hadDownSyndrome,andwhile
shewasmoreworkformother,
Karenandhersiblingslovedto
playwithNancybecauseshewas
sosweetandfunloving.
ShelovedtolaughandKaren
adored making her giggle and
clapherhandswithpurechild-
ishglee,andthatmadeevery-
one'sheartsingwithjoyfulness!
Nancygotsomuchloveandpos-
itive attention that she lived
muchlongerthenexpected.Now
allthesistersandbrotherreferto
NancyastheirAngelinHeaven
and feel blessed by her loving
presenceatmanyveryunexpect-
edtimes.
Fromearlychildhood,Karen
wasahelper.Fromage7-10she
helpedherauntanduncle.Atage
12shestartedworkinginagro-
cerystoreandlateralocalcafé
tosavemoneyforcollege,oneof
thefewinherareatodoso.
After her own four children
grew up, she began care-taking
fortheelderly.Forthelasttwenty
yearsshehashelpedadozenor
moreelderlypeopleliveaquality
oflifethatmadethemfeelappre-
ciated,lovedandjoyful!Someas
theygetolderbecome`grumpy'
andmostoftenevenfamilymem-
bersdon'twanttocareforthem.
Karentookontheonesnoone
elsewantedandbroughtoutthe
bestinthem!Shebroughtroses
fromhergarden.Toldthemjokes
orplayedgameswiththemthat
theyloved!Bestofallshelistened
tothemandmarveledattheirlife
stories!Theirlastdaysonearth
werehappybecausetheyhada
reallovingandcaring`EarthAn-
gel'inKaren!
"It is wonderful that you see Kar-
en as I do. Our friendship started
back in the 60's when we were un-
married girls and just moved from
Iowa to California working for the
same company. I have always felt
that one of my biggest blessings was
our friendship and it is as strong
today as the first day we met. In all
the years I have known Karen I have
also enjoyed her own most wonderful
and close family. I have never heard
a cross word between her children as
they all practice their deep faith in
their church.
Love and respect abounds and
has been the anchor in her marriage
to her soul mate. Karen is also mar-
ried to a man who does angel work.
Whenever possible they go down to
Mexico and help build homes for the
homeless with their church. They
Jerry & Karen Carter
ANGEL FALL
Dear God, Where is there an angel in this chaotic world?
And in my sleep and in my question:
I see an explosion, two towers fall, a war and children running
naked and afraid. I see numbers drop on a stock chart and
helplessness rise and people angry in town halls.
OH, it isn't a dream!
And some of us are praying.
And some sit with masters on a mountain.
And some are reading books of wisdom.
And it isn't a dream!
And all the while pain is going on.
People walking with it, through it.
Alert and awake, I suppose the angels must be lurking
somewhere there --
In the middle of the collapse- while things are coming down and
people are breaking.
Because Angels are in our life --
Deep in the center of it.
In the drama of the tear down- they whisper a soft parachute --
Though you might fly right or left, or get lost,
you always land --
THERE.
Enlightenment is the only destination.
There is no clock to the one journey.
It's always one flight- Crucifixion to Resurrection.
Angels are the net.
Trust the fall.
Audrey Hope is a spiritual counselor and host/producer of REAL
WOMEN, an international award-winning talk show dedicated to life-
altering perspectives. Visit: www.hopesrealwomen.com
celebrate giving in the true Chris-
tian way. Karen is always there for
you and angel work is her favorite
job. God leads her and she is there
for Him. I can see it and if you look,
you can see it too."
--Janet
"I have known Karen for over
20 years and have never known a
sweeter person. I've never heard a
bad word from her, only kind and
friendly words. Always first to help
and lend a hand no matter what
comes up. I always feel good around
her, even when things are going bad
for me. She is and will always be my
beloved friend."
-- Mike
"Words cannot describe what a
wonderful person she is."
-- Coach Woods
Itisamazinghow`Small'and
"Random Acts of Kindness &
SenselessBeauty"addupintoa
lifetime of Service to Human-
kind!Iwonderhowmanytimes
shehasheard,"Oh,Karen,you
areanangel!"