“Would you like a slice of apple?” Angela asked.
“Sure,” I replied, not knowing she had asked the same question to many others who sat at the conferee lunch table.
Angela divided the apple into equal sections–carefully, precisely—until she got to the last two slices. These she made very thin, and served them to her husband Victor and herself.
Had I known she was going to share the entire apple with so many conferees, I would have declined. Then she and Victor could have had more, but this wasn’t Angela’s way. She enjoyed serving God’s people. I didn’t know this then, because it was the first day I met her.
Angela did not get a generous slice of the apple that day, but she was satiated to her core with something more valuable –she was filled with God’s presence, and it was obvious to all that His joy overtook her.~Diane Virginia, author of The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon
How many ate of Angela’s apple? 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 and the pleasure she had in sharing the apple with us.
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. Whether she was working the call center phones, praying with individuals, or working the altars, or slicing apples–these acts spoke of her priorities—Jesus must have first place in her life, and she must serve others before herself.
Angela did not get a generous slice of the apple that day, but she was satiated to her core with something more valuable–she was filled with God’s presence, and it was obvious to all that His joy overtook her. In fact, her joy was a contagion around the table. In Galatians 5 we read about spiritual fruitfulness Angela displayed.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.~Galatians 5:22-23a KJV
Angela excelled at gentleness and many other spiritual fruits. She had a genuineness about her that everyone who met her knew was real, and these characteristics came because she prioritized her relationship with Jesus Christ.
My friend’s example taught me that how we express Christ’s love in everyday living speaks more powerfully than any noble performance. Some try to hide an act that’s not good; Angela tried to hide her good works so Jesus could be seen through her. Even though she tried to go unnoticed, her humility, gentleness, and generosity caused her to stand out like a sparkling gem.
The good works of some are manifested beforehand.~1 Timothy 5:25b KJV
Through Angela’s example, I learned that sharing the Lord’s love is not complicated. It starts with spending time in God’s presence, and from this vital connection, we express His love as we live our lives.
Angela had the innate ability to make Jesus’ love real through simple acts, like slicing apples. And so I say to you today, my friend, let’s spend time with Jesus, and then, let’s start slicing apples.I learned that sharing the Lord’s love is not complicated. #VineWords Click To Tweet
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Father God, help me to daily serve Your people through acts of genuine love.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
This devotion is a true story. It 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.
Copyright © 2016 (Original Version) 2019 (3-min Devotion, Devotion, and Hispanic Devotion): Angela’s Apple; La Manza de Angelita: Diane Virginia Cunio: All Rights Reserved
Angela’s Apple (La Manza de Angelita) has been translated by Pastor Victor Marcos, and shared in Virginia Beach, VA and Lima, Peru.
Published: October 25, 2019: Christian Broadcasting Network: Beth Patch, Senior Producer
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Diane Virginia (Cunio) is an award-winning author, and the founder/ director of VineWords: Devotions and More. She is an ordained minister, holding credentials since 2005.She has been a member of Word Weavers since 2019.
Diane’s book, The Kiss of Peace: A Contemporary Exploration into Song of Solomon (Mount Zion Ridge Press),won The Sparrow Award, Second Runner Up, at the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference 2019. The sequel, Behind the Veil: Becoming the Ascended Bride of Song of Solomon, is in the works.
She has developed the model for motion-activated musical prayer centers for use in the garden retreat, themed to the places where the Bride of Christ travels to in the allegory, Song of Solomon. She envisions these prayer gardens to serve as refuges for seekers and believers alike where they can tarry, worship, and find or deepen their relationships with Jesus Christ.
Diane is a co-editor, co-compiler, and contributing author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
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