“Would you like a slice of apple?” Angela asked.
“Sure,” I replied, not knowing she had already asked others who sat at the lunch table, the same question.
Angela asked this same question to each conferee who was at the table. But, she did so quietly. Only after she knew how many wanted a slice did she begin dividing the apple. She sliced the apple into equal sections, carefully, precisely, until she got to the last two slices. These were razor thin, and she saved these for her husband Victor and herself.
Had I known she was going to share nearly the entire apple, I would have declined so she and her husband could have had more, but that wasn’t Angela’s way.
Angela did not get much of an apple slice that day, but the joy that resonated in this lady’s heart, made it worth her while. She was satisfied—truly satiated to her core. She wanted others to know they mattered to herself and to the Lord. This is what she valued.
The liberal soul shall be made fat:
and he that watereth shall be watered himself also.
How many ate of Angela’s apple? I do not recall—Five? Perhaps six? I think it was more than seven. I do not recall this detail but I do remember well Angela’s gentle act of generosity.
As I got to know Angela, I realized she shared whatever the Lord gave her, whether it was an apple, or any other possession, and she went about serving people in the gentlest way possible. For instance, I witnessed her love, as a woman sobbed at the altar. This lady was having difficulty expressing her prayer need. Angela intervened, embracing this woman, listening to her sobs, and then she spoke these to the person praying. How do I know this intimate detail? The lady was me, and Angela perfectly translated my cries for a family member’s salvation I could not put into words… But Angela could, and she did.
Angela put others first without a second thought. She never did anything to be seen. She tried to go unnoticed, but her gentleness which resulted in a plethora of good works revealed her well. Some try to hide an act that’s not good; Angela tried to hide her gentle works so Jesus could be seen through her instead. But she stood out as a sparkling gem, filled with the glory of the Lord.
The good works of some are manifested beforehand;
and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
I Timothy 5:25b KJV
Angela’s smile was as nourishing as the apple she shared with the conferees. It wasn’t a larger-than-life grin; nor was it a frown. Angela’s smile was tender, poised, and, yes—there’s that word again—gentle. This was a gift from God as much as her generosity was.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Galatians 5:22-23a KJV
Angela had an innate ability to make Jesus’ love real, by simple acts, like slicing apples. Her example taught me that generosity and gentleness in our everyday living speaks more powerfully of who Jesus is than any noble act. Angela may not be a dignitary, or a nobleman’s daughter, but in some ways, her generosity and gentleness makes her a very blessed woman, as was Queen Esther, Judge Deborah, or Priscilla. These women I remember, and I will always remember Angela as well.
Father God, help me to serve Your people through generosity, gentleness, and love.
Copyright © 2016 (Short Version, and Hispanic Version), Copyright © 2019 (Long Version): All Rights Reserved: Vinewords: Angela’s Apple; La Manza de Angelita: Author Diane Virginia Cunio; Pen Name, Diane Virginia: www.vinewords.net
This devotion memorializes a remarkable lady named Angela Marcos, wife of Pastor Victor Marcos. It is my prayer that Angela will always be remembered for her kindness and her devotion to her family and to her beloved Jesus Christ.
Angela’s Apple (La Manza de Angelita), by Diane Virginia Cunio, has been translated by Pastor Victor Marcos, for our Hispanic community, and has been shared in Virginia Beach, VA and in Lima, Peru, where our brother-in-Christ ministers.