Karen, Our Angel
A True But Unexplainable Story
Today Dick and I experienced a *happening* like never before.
It made me cry tears of joy and we both appeared to be in a state
of momentary shock, as this type of thing does not happen every day.
It started out as a pretty normal day. Dick took the children to
school, then we headed for the eye specialists office where Dick was to
have a complete eye exam pending an upcoming cataract surgery.
While he was being examined I told him maybe we should do a
lunch date since we now had a few times alone to quietly discuss a
few things that we needed to talk about away from the ears of the
children. He agreed and asked me where I wanted to go. I told
him Bishops Buffet would be nice as it has a great atmosphere and
there is a great variety of good foods there.
When we arrived we got our trays of food and went to sit about two
tables away from the cashier. There was a long table near us that had
seven older ladies seated at it and one younger lady. I took one look
and couldn't believe my eyes. The younger lady looked almost identical
to a very dear friend who has passed away five weeks earlier. I said
to Dick, "Look Honey, that young lady looks just like Karen.
He couldn't see her as one of the older ladies was blocking his view.
Karen was a beautiful vibrant young lady that Dick and I both
loved with all our heart and soul. We prayed she would one day be
our sister-in-law, but God had other plans for that. He gave us
another beautiful lady to fill that job. Karen made friends where ever
she came in contact with people. She had a perpetual smile that just
glowed. Everybody loved her!
Karen had endured a rough life and still had the ability to smile
all the time. People were drawn to her like a magnet. She had
many hip surgeries so was hospitalized many times. There was much
pain in her life, but she still smiled.
She told me in confidence at a family wedding a couple years ago
that her husband had walked out on her. We hugged as she cried.
Now, about the end of June -2003 , we were told by a family
member that Karen has developed a brain tumor and is terminal.
We are devastated and wanted to spend time with her but are told she
is not having company, which is perfectly understandable. So we
prayed for her instead.
God had other plans, He took Karen Home to be with him on
July21, 2003. We went to her funeral service and it was like
standing room only in this huge church. She wanted a colorful
celebration of her life and no tears but that was not to happen. The
mass for her was a celebration of her life but there were many tears.
As we left her funeral and were about to get into our vehicle. I said
to Dick, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could have Karen as
our Guardian Angel?, to which he replied, "It sure would."
Now, back to our lunch date at Bishops Buffet. The young lady
who looked like Karen, exchanged glances and smiles with me
several times. I am still amazed at the resemblance. It was one of
those things that you see but find it hard to believe.
We enjoyed our leisurely lunch and while we were there we did not see
one person that we knew, and as I said we were only two tables away from
the cashier so we could see everyone as they came and went. When we
went to the cashier Dick handed her our last $5.00 gift certificate
and was getting a $10.00 bill out of his billfold when she said, "Oh,
no, sir, Your bill is paid!" We must have appeared to be in shock as we
stood there with our mouths hanging open. She went on to say a young
lady had paid for our lunch with a $20.00 bill and asked her to give us
the change, which she did. We wanted to find out who it was but all the
cashier said was, "The lady asked me to tell you that God loves you."
I am now crying tears of joy and Dick is still like he is in shock.
We thanked the cashier and walked to the car.
Just as we get to the car, Dick says to me, "You know Honey,
the only person I can think of that might have done this is Karen,
to which I replied, "You know I was just thinking the same thing."
Call this an unexplained happening, a miracle or whatever you like but we
know it was another blessing from God.
We both cried for joy as we know God has answered yet another
prayer for us. Karen is one of our Guardian Angels.
Author: Delilah M. (Dede) Haas
I would like to dedicate this page to our dear friend
*You will always have a very special place in our heart, Karen*
We have always loved you with all our heart and soul and we always will!
You are very sadly missed by so many!
Song "How Great Thou Art" by
Page put together by Jimmy