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“Angel”---(My Gift to Free Republic for Christmas 2005)
12/20/05 | redrock

Posted on 12/20/2005 9:36:11 PM PST by redrock

As I sat on the bus watching the end of the train platform I noticed a couple of things. One…Lloyd was there with Angel in his arms(as always)…many multicolored balloons attached to her body (it was Angel’s Birthday…one of many throughout the year).

…and he was standing on the end of the platform alone. All of the other people had fled to the other end….somewhat frightened by Lloyd…his face twisted into a perpetual scowl with all of the burn and scar tissue (and a result of the medication to prevent the seizures)…forever holding in his arms…. a toy 2 foot tall doll….dressed exactly as he was….even down to the glasses, coat and shoes.

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When you first meet Lloyd…..it’s kind of a shock. You don’t really know what to think when you first see him. 6 foot tall…big guy… his face , framed with black frame glasses..lenses an inch thick, frozen in some strange grimace…..carrying around a small doll who he talks to….and afterwards goes silent for a moment as if listening to an answer or question from the doll.

And perhaps the biggest shocker is that the doll is ALWAYS dressed just like him. Exactly like him.

…and yet somehow you sense the sadness there…always just beneath the surface. Always there…yet unable to be articulated by him…or by Angel.(the doll)

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You can get into a conversation with him. He seems to understand some things…like going to work…the weather…general small-talk.

He goes to work….although it’s just a simple menial job.

He has problems with his memory…he can’t remember very far back in his life….maybe around 7-8 years is all. Which , when you look at it, is probably a Blessing.

He gets lost sometimes…takes the wrong bus and ends up in the wrong place and has to be gently given new directions to get home.

To the place he lives in.

With Angel.

…and yet….there is more….

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In a few days most of us will be Celebrating the Birth of a Child long ago in another land. A Birth that, when you get right down to it, is among the most important events to ever have happened in the history of the world.

Sure…some will try and deny the Birth of that Child…..try and make it difficult to Celebrate the joyous occasion.

They will insist that we change the name of the Holiday in order not to hurt anyone’s feelings.

They will insist that we change our greetings to suggest something other than a celebration of that Child.

They will insist that we not display images of that Birth (or the Man that He grew to be) on public property....and try and discourage us from private display.

They will try and get us to change the very nature of our Celebration…..and try and substitute the notion that it’s just a ‘end-of-the-year’ type holiday. That it’s just a time to buy gifts for everyone….without thinking in any way about the Gift that was given us.

The Birth of a Child.

They will tell you that none of it exists. That there is no God and that the Birth of a Child never happened…and if it did….means nothing.

Which brings us back to Lloyd….and of course…..Angel.

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It was Christmas Eve….just around 8 years ago that a young man and his family was driving down a long stretch of highway…trying to get back home.

It was a fairly normal year around here for winter. Some snow….and some ice. I guess the black ice that night was pretty bad…because even tho' Lloyd was a good driver….an accident happened and his car, with his family, went off the road and rolled and rolled.

His wife was killed instantly…but his daughter (almost 5) and him were thrown free of the car.

It takes a while to bleed to death when it’s cold…and it was cold that night. I guess it took almost ten minutes for his daughter to die….and as she did so…he laid there on the ground, suffering massive head trauma himself, watching her…holding her in his arms.

(Lloyd suffered a major brain injury. Lost most his memory and his life that night. The medication that he has to take has taken away pretty much what was left of his memory.

…and yet….he’s always kinda smiling.)

His relatives have told me that when the ambulance finally arrived…they found him holding the body of his small daughter…gently crying..and saying over and over again that it was ok.

His Angel was with him.

Lloyd himself will tell you that when he was hurt (“hurt real bad”)…a little girl got up and became his Angel…..telling him that everything was going to be OK.

…and yet there’s more.

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There are people in the world who will tell you that it doesn’t exist. God…Angels…Jesus….the Afterlife. They will tell you that it is all just someone’s imagination and that it’s all tied up with greed and lies. They will tell you that Christmas is just some pagan holiday that early Christians took over .

They will tell you that there is no life after this one…that all of your Beliefs are based on lies.

Don’t believe them.

Which brings us back to Lloyd.

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For you see…..I’ve seen Lloyd many times around town.

..and you will see many move away from him and his disfigured body and face.

Always walking in his stumbling way, dragging a leg hurt in the wreck, carrying a small doll in his arms…always (always) dressed exactly like him.

And, if you look real close , attached to his side….holding his hand …is a small young child.

A little girl…around 5 years of age.

Blond hair….wearing a dress and ‘church shoes’.

Holding on to her daddy….watching over him….keeping him safe…until the day comes when his brain is made whole…and his heart healed.

His ‘Angel’.


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Remember what the day is all about.

The Birth of a Child.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

1 posted on 12/20/2005 9:36:12 PM PST by redrock
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To: mommadooo3; AuntB; GrandmaC; blackie; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Texican
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

redrock

2 posted on 12/20/2005 9:37:31 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: Jim Robinson
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

redrock

3 posted on 12/20/2005 9:38:18 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska; TAdams8591; stand watie; Ragtime Cowgirl; Fiddlstix; tet68; sauropod; ...
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

4 posted on 12/20/2005 9:40:46 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: redrock

Merry Christmas Brother

Tell your family I said Merry Christmas.

May God Bless all of you.


5 posted on 12/20/2005 9:41:11 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a Service Man or Woman today?)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

6 posted on 12/20/2005 9:41:51 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: redrock

Tears in my eyes. Merry Christmas to you too. And to all.


7 posted on 12/20/2005 9:42:35 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

8 posted on 12/20/2005 9:43:10 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: redrock
Merry Christmas!!! redrock

Thanks for sharing this story

Mike

9 posted on 12/20/2005 9:43:22 PM PST by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: redrock

Touching. Thank you, FRiend.

Merry Christmas.


10 posted on 12/20/2005 9:43:26 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: redrock

Thank you.

Merry Christmas!!!


11 posted on 12/20/2005 9:43:46 PM PST by msf92497 (Was Republican...Now just a Conservative.)
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To: redrock
A little early for you.

Taking a trip? :-)

Merry Christmas, redrock.

12 posted on 12/20/2005 9:44:51 PM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: redrock

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


Right back at ya!


13 posted on 12/20/2005 9:47:26 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: VOA; Taxman; Warrior Nurse; Chieftain; Tribune7; Ben Hecks; alpha-8-25-02; Miss Marple; ...
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

redrock

14 posted on 12/20/2005 9:49:00 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: MS.BEHAVIN; Eagle Awards 2004; nunya bidness; LibKill; MEG33; RaceBannon; ALOHA RONNIE
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

15 posted on 12/20/2005 9:51:25 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

redrock

16 posted on 12/20/2005 9:52:23 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: redrock
"See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven." Matthew 18:10

Your post has touched my heart so deeply. God bless you--and

MERRY CHRISTmas!

17 posted on 12/20/2005 9:53:02 PM PST by milagro
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To: redrock

What a lovely gift you've given us. Thank you and Merry Christmas, redrock.

Mischief


18 posted on 12/20/2005 9:53:22 PM PST by MSSC6644
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

19 posted on 12/20/2005 9:53:43 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

20 posted on 12/20/2005 9:59:41 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

redrock

21 posted on 12/20/2005 10:01:58 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

redrock

22 posted on 12/20/2005 10:05:12 PM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: redrock
There are people in the world who will tell you that it doesn’t exist. God…Angels…Jesus….the Afterlife. They will tell you that it is all just someone’s imagination and that it’s all tied up with greed and lies.

More than that. It is about redemption. And that what is truly given to us is bigger than we deserve, or that we could deserve.

Merry Christmas!

23 posted on 12/20/2005 10:09:46 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: redrock
Merry Christmas redrock! And thank you for the awesome, bittersweet story that brings a flood of tears to this grown man.

And even that story is pale in comparison to the sacrifice that Christ made for us, and the unimaginable gift that His life provides to His believers. Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas indeed!

24 posted on 12/20/2005 10:10:16 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: redrock
MERRY CHRISTMAS

25 posted on 12/20/2005 10:16:48 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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Merry Christmas, redrock!!!

26 posted on 12/20/2005 11:15:04 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma (Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma
ok .. that made me cry

Merry Christmas redrock, Brad's Gramma and all my FR Friends

27 posted on 12/20/2005 11:29:51 PM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Mo1

You too, my friend, you too....


28 posted on 12/20/2005 11:30:49 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma (Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!!)
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To: redrock

Merry Christmas!


29 posted on 12/20/2005 11:57:23 PM PST by Fawnn (Canteen wOOhOO Consultant and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: redrock; All

MERRY CHRISTMAS, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS..


30 posted on 12/21/2005 12:09:54 AM PST by carlo3b (http://www.CookingWithCarlo.com,)
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To: redrock

My son was stillborn and will tell you through augmentive communication books using eye gaze that he died at birth and is an Angel stuck in a human body.

A Pastor once told him impossible that this could be true.

He has died twice since then 26yrs ago and brought back simple messages.
One the Pinapple Pizza and Red Wine was not ready for him yet as told to him by Jesus.
Two your mother is still crazy. That hurt thinking even Jesus has that opine of me that many humans feel. But my son said no Jesus meant crazy in a good way that you can still take care of me so my work down their/here is not done.

While my son has some earthly male tendancies quite a few I know he is a Gift from God even though others who see a severely disabled man who they assume is retarded blind or deaf when in reality he is just an Angel trapped in a body that does not work.

Merry Christmas Back at cha


31 posted on 12/21/2005 12:46:34 AM PST by oceanperch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf!)
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To: milagro

The meek shall inherit the earth. (passage unknown to me at the moment)


32 posted on 12/21/2005 12:51:11 AM PST by oceanperch (Don't Let Your Meat Loaf!)
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33 posted on 12/21/2005 1:38:24 AM PST by devolve (<-- (--in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag Kohn--)
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To: Brad's Gramma

BTTT


34 posted on 12/21/2005 2:58:32 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: redrock

BTTT


35 posted on 12/21/2005 2:58:46 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: redrock

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


36 posted on 12/21/2005 3:06:10 AM PST by Pippin (God bless America)
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To: redrock

Merry Christmas to you, too!


37 posted on 12/21/2005 3:27:17 AM PST by Chieftain (Cindy Sheehan is a shameful example of an American mother duped by Kerry's LIES!)
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To: Brad's Gramma; redrock; All

Merry Christmas.


38 posted on 12/21/2005 3:27:27 AM PST by lysie
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To: redrock

I did not see a "Hanky Alert" and now my mascara is wet.

Merry Christmas


39 posted on 12/21/2005 4:36:22 AM PST by beachn4fun (Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night...........(4.0))
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To: redrock


MERRY CHRISTMAS!


40 posted on 12/21/2005 5:00:16 AM PST by onyx (Merry Christmas everybody.)
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To: redrock

Good lord man, you can make a woman cry! Thank you redrock ~ Merry Christmas to you. Off to find a towel to sry off my keyboard.


41 posted on 12/21/2005 5:11:47 AM PST by StarCMC (Old Sarge is my hero...doing it right in Iraq! Vaya con Dios, Sarge.)
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He

was born in a manger


...... for there was no room at the inn

He


IS .....


And, He is still


The

Reason for the Season


A Blessed & Merry Christmas to All

42 posted on 12/21/2005 5:13:16 AM PST by STARWISE (Sedition:an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority- to cause the overthrow of govt)
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To: redrock

Merry Christmas RR -- touching story (needs hanky alert)

:)


43 posted on 12/21/2005 5:18:51 AM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: redrock

What a touching story! It's a perfect reminder of what this Christmas season should be about.

Merry Christmas!


44 posted on 12/21/2005 5:22:51 AM PST by MSM Hater ("Merry Christmas!")
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To: redrock
Wow my coffee was refilling itself. Powerful and incredibly touching story.
Merry Christmas and thank You,

mc
45 posted on 12/21/2005 5:41:13 AM PST by mcshot (And much it grieves my heart to think what Dems believe.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
The girls told me to tell ya "MERRY CHRISTMAS"!!!!

me

46 posted on 12/21/2005 7:38:02 AM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: Carry_Okie
I WISH I was able to take a small trip for Christmas!!!(money for a possible vacation may be sent care of FR.....)

It just felt right to start a little early this year.....

me

47 posted on 12/21/2005 7:41:44 AM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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To: redrock
A little extra MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! does seem in order.

Blessings to you and your family.

48 posted on 12/21/2005 7:42:52 AM PST by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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Good to "see" you again.

I hope everything is going great.

me

49 posted on 12/21/2005 7:49:27 AM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

redrock

50 posted on 12/21/2005 8:07:16 AM PST by redrock (They'll have to pry the words "MERRY CHRISTMAS"...from my cold dead lips.)
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