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She thought she'd lost the statue's detached hand for good, but an earth angel came to her rescue.
Vacuuming one day I knocked my beloved statue of Jesus right to the ground, and one of his porcelain hands broke clean off. When I bent down to retrieve it the vacuum hose sucked it up!
Our home is equipped with a central vacuum system, with outlets in every room. Debris is sucked through tubes in the walls and travels to a collection box in the basement. I ran down to search it–but there was no hand to be found.
I imagined the complicated tubing system hidden in the walls. Jesus’ hand was lost for good.
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Weeks later a pair of panty hose wound up in the vacuum. Those didn’t make it into the collection box either. Worried they might block up the system I called the repair company. I followed the repairman to the basement. He showed me a lever on the wall I’d never noticed.
When he pulled it, a larger collection box opened up. Dust, feathers, panty hose, socks–all manner of missing objects flew out.
“We’ve lived here nine years and I never knew that was there!”
“So I see!” the repairman joked on his way out. I sifted through the mess. Twenty minutes later I held Jesus’ hand in mine!
When I went to glue the hand back on, I picked up the statue and read the words printed on the base: “I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.” I may temporarily lose Jesus’ hand, but Jesus himself is never truly lost to me.
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