By Jim “Pappy” Moore
Since 2020 America has faced a number of travails, one on top of the other. Joy has been replaced with divisiveness, with rancor, with constant “you versus them” antagonisms which seem to aim at setting Americans one against another. Against this backdrop of sometimes contrived problems, we occasionally see and hear of a real story of struggle for survival, valiantly carried out by the most unlikely of heroes. This is the story of one of those real heroes who has been through more the past couple of years than most of us could ever imagine going through.
The musical “Annie” is about a plucky little red-headed girl whose spirit and optimism could not be suppressed. No matter the foibles, no matter the headwinds, the child heroine won us over with her resilience, her joy in life, and her never giving in to the forces against her.
I will not name her or her family. I know of her story because her great aunt is a friend, and through her I have learned of the army of people in this little girl’s corner. A grade schooler, she has fought cancer while you and I have worried about the panoply of troubles we tend to think are real problems. Imagine fighting a relentless cancer that always seemed find a new way to attack you. Think of how grueling such a battle would be.
This little girl is red-headed like the mythical Annie, a spunky little girl whose faith in God, in her doctors, in her family, and in herself remains as solid as an anvil. She is an inspiration to all who know her, all who treat her, and all who even come in contact with her. While others grapple with her disease, she always rises to the occasion with joy, faith and optimism in her heart.
I believe in angels. I believe God sends us angels to remind us of His presence, of our own resilience, and of the hope which is always there as long as God is there. I believe this little miracle is one of God’s angels, and that her own mother is her Guardian Angel. These two have an unflappable faith in God and His wonders. They do not give up. They do not give in. They do not become sad or defeated. They are reminders to all of us that God’s way is not always our way.
The next time you want to feel defeated, at the end of your rope, remember the story of this little real-life Annie. Imagine this angel singing this song from the musical.
Just thinkin’ about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
‘Til there’s none!
When I’m stuck with a day
I just stick out my chin
The sun’ll come out
So ya gotta hang on
Come what may
I love ya
Copyright 2022, Jim “Pappy” Moore. All rights reserved.