"Love doesn't hide. It stays and fights.
It goes the distance.
That's why God made love so strong, so it can carry you
all the way home."
--Monica, The Southbound Bus
On September 21, 1994, Touched by an Angel premiered
on CBS. For the first time, the world met Monica,
Tess, and Adam. Week after week, the angels reminded
us that God loves us and that life is eternal. Though
I caught TBAA as often as I could during its first year and
a half, it wasn't until 1996 that I became a devoted
viewer. I really have no idea what changed.
Huh... Mystery, I guess. ;-) Oh
wait... Yeah, it was this guy:
As much as I'd like to do a lengthy issue celebrating TBAA's
twenty years, I have a lot of writing to do so this is
another short one. But I hope you have fun with it and
take a few moments to reflect on all the ways TBAA has
impacted your life.
Said It? Part II
I know we did this not terribly long
ago but the words the angels spoke, week after week, on
TBAA are so important that I felt like this issue needed
to focus on quotes, in part. So see if you can guess
who said what quote and even better if you know the
episode! Rather than supplying an answer key this
time, I'm just gonna direct you here: TBAA
Quotes. Maybe you'll be able to revisit
favorites in the process!
moment between past and future is what now is."
"Make every minute count."
"Where you're going, God is
already there. Yes, He is."
"There's nothing about a woman's
heart that God doesn't understand."
"You must never be afraid to ask
for what is good and right. You just have to know
where to go to ask for it."
"Just know that you're in God's
hands... and that is the very best place to be."
"God can redeem time. God
created time. Just as He created you. He
loves you. And He's given you all the time that
you need, right now, to do the right thing. Will
you do it?"
"There is mercy for you in heaven
even though it's hard to find on earth."
"How can He blame you for being human when He made you
"Families should stick
together. Not be stuck with each other."
So you can learn a lot from a show
over nine years. Below are ten amusing
lessons, followed by another ten serious ones,
that TBAA either taught me or reiterated for me.
Coffee makes everything better!!! Lots
and lots of coffee makes everything super
2. I do not like loafers. This
fact does not change even if a super handsome
male angel is wearing them.
3. Don't lose track of your friends for
any length of time. They could turn into
4. An angel of death will wait around
for you to finish viewing your favorite game
show. They will also run errands for
you. Yay AODs!
5. Angels might suffer from a form of
amnesia that makes it difficult for them to
remember when they met each other. Was
it during a wedding or before an old timey
hunt for treasure? They're not sure.
6. Umbrellas are fantastic dance
partners... but not as good as AODs.
7. Satan can sure belt out Sondheim!
8. Certain angels are very good at
choosing nicknames. Certain other angels
are very bad at it and should never be allowed
to pick them... Never. Ever.
9. Doves are good. Lions are
evil. Oh, wait... Yeah, let's just
scratch that one...
10. Flannel... That is all.
11. Even during
those times in human history when there
seemed to be so much pain and cruelty...
angels were there bringing God's love and
peace and kindness.
12. Angels do care. A lot.
They're not just God's dutiful robots.
13. You've never fallen too far to be
outta the reach of God and His angels.
14. God loves the sound of your voice
and wants to hear from you no matter how you
15. Seriously, don't lose track of
your friends. They're going to be the
ones to bring you coffee when you're tipsy
and soup when you're sick. They'll hug
you when you feel low and, when tragedy
strikes, they'll remind you that God is
there. And then, one day, you'll do it
all for them and that's pretty great.
16. Music is sooo important.
And, yes, Andrew: it is definitely more
important than money.
17. It doesn't much matter how you
pray. What matters is that you pray.
18. No one is ever truly alone.
19. God's love is unconditional.
20. God's love for us is
eternal. So is life.
This newsletter is
dedicated to John Dye for being a really
wonderful teenage obsession. Okay,
so to be completely honest, I was obsessed
with Andrew (am probably still...)
Cause I just don't get attached to people
really easily and while I totally admired
and respected John, I didn't know
him. But Andrew... Andrew I
knew. I watched him every week and
daydreamed about him every day. And
it was good. I know I'm rambling but
I watched a news story recently about how
destructive obsessions with fictional
characters can be. But with Andrew,
I daydreamed about telling people God
loves them. I imagined helping
people and counseling people and just
generally making life better for
people. And I really think all that
fantasizing made me want something of the
same in real life. I think it made
me a better person. So, yeah, I'm
grateful to John for that and I'm grateful
to all TPTB behind TBAA. It's been a
wonderful twenty years!