By Joseph J. Mazzella • August 4, 2017
“Na-Nee!” The words jarred me from the book I was reading as I lay on my bed. I put the book down and looked up. My youngest son, Casey was smiling down on me. He was 24 years old but his severe Autism had left him with the mind of a very small child. His words were limited so every time he said something it was a joy to hear. He was pointing to the picture on my wall of my Italian Grandma’s 90th birthday party. We had always called her “Nanny” since I was a small child myself. I had taken Casey and my other children to see her as often as I could when they were young, both at her home and later at the nursing home before she passed away.
There was something more, however, than just him remembering her and pointing at her picture. There were times when I could see him staring over my shoulder and smiling. When I would turn around nothing would be there, but he would still laugh and say “Na-Nee!” After a while I realized that maybe my old Italian Nana was keeping a special eye on my special son from Heaven. It was comforting to think that she and God’s other angels were watching over my two boys. I am sure they were also watching over me and my daughter as well. We just lacked the “special” sight needed to see them.
In this world we get so wrapped up in the concrete problems, tasks, and jobs of our everyday lives that we often forget that what we see here is only a small part of what is out there. There is something more than just this life that we see with our eyes. What is unseen is far greater than what is seen.
Know then that your Heavenly Father loves you so much and that He and His angels are watching over you always. Do your best to make them smile by sharing all of your joy, your laughter, your kindness, your goodness, your light, and your love.
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