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Premiere of limited series. As the lead angel on the popular TV series Touched by an Angel, seen by twenty-one million viewers every week, Roma Downey learned that she had been given a special opportunity to lift the spirits of people but that in real life the job also carried unique responsibilities. Find out what Godwink happens on today's Godwink Christmas Stories podcast!
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[00:00:05] As their eyes met, the mother's expression transformed into a look of hope, indicating that she knew exactly who Roma was and the woman quickly stepped toward her. I prayed that an angel would come for my baby, whispered the mother. And here you are. Roma wanted to say, No, you're wrong. I'm not really an angel. I'm an actress who plays an angel. But her lips failed to move.
[00:00:41] Welcome to the Godwink Christmas podcast with stories from SQuire Rushnell, this limited series podcast is brought to you by Godwink Brands. Visit Godwink SQuire for more information. Now here's the Godwink guy SQuire Rushnell.
[00:01:00] As the lead angel on the popular TV series, touched by an angel seen by twenty one million viewers every week, Roma Downey learned that she had been given a special opportunity to lift the spirits of people, but that in real life the job also carried unique responsibilities. When you play an angel on TV, some people think you are an angel in real life, says Roma sweetly. With that warm Irish lilt, which implies that you and she are lifelong friends, though you've never met. Sometimes when people met me, they would speak reverently as if they were in the presence of someone wholly permitting that to sink in for a moment, she smiles from an angelic face framed by soft auburn hair, a trademark of her ancestry. We all have the opportunity to be an angel if we are just willing to show kindness and grace and love to those around us. She communicates from a heart bearing the strong faith that she lives. By one day, during a Christmas break from the television series, Roma visited a children's hospital. Walking the corridors wearing a red and white Santa cap, she wanted to do her part and bringing a ray of hope to little ones, and they're hurting families. She felt that investing the time to have a picture taken with a child who was hospitalized for Christmas would leave them with something more than a smile for the camera, a snapshot that they could carry in their hearts long thereafter. As Roma approached one room, a family was just exiting, holding on to one another.
[00:02:53] She could tell in the moment what had happened. You could feel the grief like a gust of wind out of that room, she says. Respectfully, she pulled the Santa cap from her head and stepped into a corner. The mother's face was contorted in pain and anguish. Roma's heart cried out for her as their eyes met. The mother's expression transformed into a look of hope, indicating that she knew exactly who Roma was, and the woman quickly stepped toward her eye. I prayed that an angel would come from my baby, whispered the mother. And here you are. Roma wanted to say, No, you're wrong. I'm not really an angel. I'm an actress who plays an angel. But her lips failed to move. She looked deeply into those reddened eyes above the tear streaked cheeks and remained silent. Instead, she placed an arm around the mother and whispered, Let me pray with you standing there in the corridor of the hospital, they prayed. Words of comfort flowed from Roma's lips, but as she said later, they were not from her. They were words bathed by the grace of God, then, with her hands extending to the mother's shoulders. She smiled tenderly and said, God, be with you. Wiping away a tear that had formed at the corner of her eye. The mother expressed deep felt gratitude. Thank you. Thank you so much. Roma left the hospital with mixed feelings. She felt she had tried to do the right thing. Still, she was oppressed by a heavy feeling of guilt. My heart was beating fast.
[00:04:49] Overwhelmed with emotion, questioning whether I had been dishonest, that woman needed an angel and all she got was me. She later said she felt that she had somehow permitted herself to become an actor on the stage of real life, leading a mourning mother to believe that she was something that she was not. As soon as she could, she telephoned her dear friend, fellow actor and confidante Della Reese. She was the one Roma always turned to for words of encouragement. I feel like such a fraud, she said into the phone after explaining what had happened. Why would you feel like that? Ask Della compassionately, because that poor woman was in a vulnerable place and needed support. I allowed her to think that God had sent me there to provide it for her. And who says he didn't ask Della? Matter of factly, then with calm authority, she added, Baby, there are times when we need to step out of the way and let God use us to channel his grace. In her beautiful book, Box of Butterflies Discovering the unexpected blessings all around, Roma said something I hadn't caught when she told me that story in person. She wrote As I hung up the phone that evening, I prayed, thanking God for using me and for Della, who has always possessed the wisdom I desperately needed. Then she added, Who was I to say God wasn't using me in that moment? How many other times had I limited him and not been available to be a light to someone who needed it?
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