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This story is shared by Marsha Jordan

Ever wonder what angels look like? Are they gray-haired women with dangling earrings like Della Reese in the television show? Or do they resemble chubby, winged babies portrayed in paintings? I’ve never seen a spiritual being, so I can’t say. But I have encountered some “earth” angels who are just as beautiful as any heavenly spirit could be!

There’s my middle-aged friend Margaret in Oregon who lovingly and tirelessly cares for the brain-damaged crack baby she adopted. When he stops breathing due to seizures, she revives him with CPR. As she sits up with him many nights, she crochets afghans and sews quilts and tote bags for other disabled children. Margaret may not have wings, but she’s an angel in my eyes!

Across the country, on the East coast, a forty-something cancer survivor, Jan, shares the strength and wisdom she gleaned from her battle with cancer. Understanding the terror of facing this disease and the joy of defeating it, Jan helps other patients wage their own wars. She gathers them under her wings and upholds them, traveling alongside them on their journeys. A gifted graphic artist, Jan also designs web art for sick children. Maybe she’s not a real angel, but to those hungering for a an ear to listen and a hand to hold, Jan is a gift sent from above.

In the Midwest, Mindy, a young, single gal busily types away at her computer. The hundreds of uplifting messages she sends lighten many hearts and restore hope to those weary of life’s struggles. It’s the tapping of a computer keyboard I hear, but it sounds strangely like the fluttering of angel wings to me.

Sue Gene, in Louisiana, packs a lot of love into each box of toys she mails to ill children. She boasts no supernatural powers, but the smiles she provides are nothing short of miraculous.

In Texas, Tiffany moderates a chat group which is really a lifeline for weary parents who vent frustrations, find encouragement, bask in acceptance and understanding, and make lasting friendships. Instead of a halo, Tiff has a southern accent, but she’s an angel to more than a hundred chatters who depend upon her technical skills.

In Massachusetts, full-time student and busy mom, Jenn works with her two school-aged children rubber-stamping cards for sick kids who look forward to receiving “happy mail.”

These heavenly ladies are just a few of the 500+ members of the Hugs and Hope Club — a group of the most caring, selfless angels this side of heaven. They are ordinary people who are accomplishing extra-ordinary things through their combined efforts. The club is seeking more hug-giving, hope-restoring earth angels to join them in spreading love, and a little heaven on earth, to sick kids and their families — one hug at a time. All you need is a caring heart and the desire to share your love. To learn more, visit www.hugsandhope.org

Marsha Jordan

Hugs and Hope for Sick Children

e-mail: hugsandhope@gmail.com

Author Marsha Jordan is a disabled grandma who lives in the northwoods of Wisconsin with her husband of 26 years and their toy poodle, King Louie, who rules the household with an iron paw. Once an active volunteer in many scouting, school, community and church activities, Jordan was an energetic homeschooling mom who also worked as a secretary until her life took a sharp turn. Her busy schedule came to a screeching halt when she fell victim to an auto-immune disease which struck her blind for several months. She knows how it feels to be sick, in pain, frustrated, and afraid. When she encountered this roadblock, God steered her into a U-turn, but she continued full speed ahead in a new direction. From her experience, she learned empathy which enables her to help others. She founded a nonprofit children’s charity which has won many awards for excellence in helping children. Through her Hugs and Hope Club, Jordan strives to send a message not just to suffering families, but to all people that we don’t have to face life’s problems alone. God cares about our pain and desires to be intimately involved in our lives. He wants to help us through the struggles and have a personal relationship with each of us! Jordan likes to remind people that God has a plan for each life. No one is insignificant. And God can do great things with you, even if you lack great talent. It is her earnest prayer that, through the Hugs and Hope Club, hurting people will come to know the awesome love, peace, and joy available to those who seek God and serve Him. Jordan enjoys creating web pages, collecting and decorating with antiques, rubber stamping, and having fun with her three year old grandson, Cobi, who is the light of her life.
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