God, years ago I had a hearing on a cold and rainy day in family law court. I had no umbrella as I drove my wheelchair across the plaza to enter the courthouse. As I anguished over getting drenched in my chair, a woman came running towards me out of the building carrying an umbrella. Inside the building I thanked her profusely for sheltering me from the pounding rain. The woman closed the umbrella. I noticed her eyes were wet but not from the rain. She said that her ex-husband owed her thousands of dollars in child support for her disabled child. She could find no attorney to take her case. She was desperate. Amidst the throngs of citizens, court staff and witnesses that day, I believe You, God, sent her to me and me to her. You see I quickly learned she was the daughter of a man I represented in a divorce years earlier. I answered Your call. I took her case. The father of her child was made to pay the delinquent support.
God, please help us to see that coincidental interactions with others are not always mere coincidences. Often they are invitations to do Your work, to be a part of Your grace or to let us know we are on a sacred path in line with Your purpose for us.
God, please open our hearts to see the sacred within the simple and ordinary happenings in everyday life…like the woman who carried an umbrella to a stranger in the rain. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 120-lawyer full service firm in Houston, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.