"Be happy with yourself, choose joy.
Perhaps it is time for you to pray more and worry less."

...the angels


Once Upon a Time

Trudy Griswold and Barbara Mark

Once upon a time there were two sisters who lived in far away lands. One sister lived in the land called Connecticut. The other sister lived in a land called California. Both sisters were troubled because they felt they had special work to do, but they had no idea what it was. Every day they would kneel down beside their bed and pray to a being they called, God. They would say, "Show us the way. Show us the way. We are willing to do whatever you ask us to do, God. But we need direction. Show us the way."

And nothing seemed to happen. Each day they would get up, say their prayer, and go about doing the things they needed to do in order to live their life.

Their feelings of discontent grew. For although they were willing to do
whatever God called them to do, they could see no difference in their lives.
In fact, it seemed nothing was happening at all, even though their feeling grew that something special was about to occur.

One day, while they were wondering what to do next, they decided to go to a Wise Woman who knew all manner of things. Her name was Patty and it was rumored that she spoke to divine angels and could ask them any question a body wanted to know. The sisters thought this was wonderful and ventured forward to meet this Wise Woman.

She said to them, "Ask me your questions, and I will ask your angels what the answer is."

The sisters asked, "What is our purpose? Why are we here? What is this special thing we are to do?"

The angels answered through the Wise Woman, "Your purpose is already
within you. You just don't know it yet." Oh, my. This confused the sisters! They said, "Please, tell us more."

The angels answered through Patty. "You will know when you will know."

The sisters went home, and forgot what the Wise Woman had said, for all they had become was bewildered. They did not understand and what she had said seemed like a riddle.

Weeks passed into years. Nothing special seemed to happen. In fact, it seemed as though life was more confusing than ever.

Then, one Sunday morning, when all seemed lost and hopeless and the sisters felt that nothing special was ever going to happen again, an angel woke them up. The angel said, "Get up, and I will tell you what to write for we have much to teach you." The sisters said, no. For they did not believe enough any more. They were full of doubt. They had stopped expecting the special thing to happen. So when it did happen, they no longer recognized it
as special.

But the angels were loving and patient and kept saying, "We love you. We are here. Write what we teach. Then pass on our teachings to everyone else. The world is ready to know us and through us they will learn about God."

Slowly, the sisters began to see that the work they were doing for the angels was the special thing they were longing to do. They knew that they had found the way and that they were going to help others find the way. They still pray, "Show us the way," and it is still happening. They write to their angels, learn more about God, teach others to also write, and are becoming more and more joyful. They have found their own personal "happily ever after."
Faith Builder. Today, pray to God and say, "Show me the way. Show me the

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