What if angels really did come from the most unlikely of places? That’s exactly what happens in this heartwarming story, set in a homeless community in Anywhere USA. Sent to Planet Earth by his Maker, disguised as a homeless person, Enoch was on a mission: to rescue a man whose life was slowly but steadily spiraling out of control.
Inspired by Hebrews 13:2, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it,” this story will stir your soul like never before, guaranteed!
Page One from The Unannounced Christmas Visitor
ANYWHERE USA – PRESENT DAY – 3 WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS “WHO’S THAT MAN?” LYDIA Jensen whispered softly to her husband.
“What man?” John Jensen replied, half-heartedly. His face was glued to his phone screen, thumbs ramming keys, firing off text messages to whomever. He was too focused, as always, skimming through dozens of unread messages from earlier in the week to pry his squinty eyes away from his mobile device for even a second.
“That man over there,” Lydia said, pointing in the man’s direction off to her right.
The Jensens were seated in the seventh row of a nearly full church, close to the middle of the assembly. They were the very same seats they’d occupied the past 17 years since they first started dating.
“And how many times must I remind you that church is never the place to reply back to text messages!” Lydia’s voice was no louder than a whisper, yet it carried the force of a shout.
John rolled his eyes and continued scrolling. You’re not my mother!
“John?!” Even with his mobile device turned away from her, Lydia could see his phone screen reflecting off of his eyeglasses.
“Okay, okay, you win,” he barked under his breath. It was loud enough for Lydia’s closest friend at church, Ann Chen, to hear. The woman of Asian descent pretended not to be listening. Her husband, Jack Chen, would join them after he and the other deacons collected the offering.
John angrily turned off his phone and stuffed it inside his pants pocket. Glancing up, he noticed the unsightly specimen his wife was referring to. He was an elderly gentleman, perhaps 80 or 90, hidden beneath an over-sized, worn out, charcoal gray trench coat that reached all the way down to his ankles. A thick maroon and gray scarf circled his neck. Both ends draped down the front of his coat. Underneath the wool coat was a light gray hoodie. The hair on his head was long and wiry just like his beard. Both were silver-gray in color. Both were unkempt.
Walking at a snail’s pace, the old man was being escorted from where he was briefly seated in the front row to the back of the assembly by two church ushers. One of them, Guillermo Vargas, was a longtime friend of the Jensens.
Dressed in a neatly pressed, olive-colored suit and bright red tie, Vargas towered over the old man. He shook his head in disgust to everyone with whom he made eye contact, as if he’d just caught a thief and was about to hand him over to the police.
“I don’t know,” John said. “Looks like a vagrant to me. Perhaps he’s here to beg money for booze or drugs.”
“I’ve never seen him before.”
“Probably never see him again after today,” John opined, dismissively.
About Author Patrick Higgins
Patrick Higgins is the author of “The Pelican Trees”, “Coffee In Manila”, “The Unannounced Christmas Visitor” and the award-winning prophetic end times series titled, “Chaos In The Blink Of An Eye.” The first four installments have already been released. Look for the fifth installment of the “Chaos” series to be released February 2017.
While the stories Higgins writes all have different themes and take place in different settings, the one thread that links them all together is his heart for Jesus and for the lost. With that in mind, it is his wish that the message his stories convey will greatly challenge you not only to contemplate life this side of the grave, but on the other side as well.
After all, each of us will spend eternity at one of two places, based solely on a decision either to accept or reject Jesus this side of eternity. God’s plan of salvation through Christ Jesus is made crystal clear to each reader of his books.
Higgins is currently writing many other books, both fiction and non-fiction, including a sequel to “Coffee In Manila”, which will shine a bright, sobering spotlight on the diabolical human trafficking industry.