One morning two angels met on their
way out of the gate of heaven. One was the
Angel of Encouragement, the other,
the Angel of the Rainbow.
“We are going to find lots to do today.”
Said the Angel of the Rainbow, “The
world is looking very gloomy.”
“Yes,” replied the Angel of
Encouragement, “It is so much fun to carry
heaven’s sunlight with us.”
“I’ll be listening for the bells of hope to
ring.” Said the Angel of the Rainbow as
they headed for earth.
The Angel of Encouragement went to a
house where a girl was trying to light the
fire. It was a gray and gloomy day and her
thoughts were just as gray and gloomy as
the weather. Most girls her age where still
going to school or going to parties and
hanging out with friends. She had always
imagined going to college or living a life
of ease or doing something grand but all
her dreams came to nothing. “I’m just a
household drudge.” She was thinking.
The Angel of Encouragement bent over
her and whispered. “Why not try to
encourage somebody today?”
Dorothy thought it was her own
thoughts and had no idea that an angel had
whispered in her ear. “Yes,” she thought.
“That would be better than feeling sorry
As soon as breakfast was over Dorothy
went to mail a letter for mother. On the
way she saw a little boy coming toward
her crying. It was his first day of school
and he was scared. She put her arm around
him and said. “Cheer up, it’ll soon be
going home time.”
“It will?” Asked the boy as he stopped
“Yes, it will.” Said Dorothy with a
smile. “I felt like crying this morning too,
but it’s much better to be brave.”
A sad and worried business man heard
her words as he passed and started to
smile. “Yes, it will soon be going home
time.” He said to himself “And it is better
to be brave.”
When Dorothy came home from the
post office she was singing,
“Hope On! Hope On!
Though long the road and drear.
Hope on! Hope on!
The sunlight hours are near.”
The next door neighbor was hanging
her laundry on the line. She was tired and
worried. There was so much work to do
and dinner to prepare. She smiled as she
heard the song and pretty soon she started
singing too. “The sunlight hours are near.”
Yes, she would be able to finish her work
and fix a good dinner for her family.
Dorothy went into the back yard and
saw a little brown bird pecking vainly at a
hard crust of bread. Quietly she went over
and broke the crust into crumbs. The
sunlight hour had come for the little bird.
The sunlight hour came for her brother
George, too, at lunch time. He and
Dorothy did not always get along. But
today as she saw some of his school papers
lying on the table, she said “You have such
fine handwriting, George, Daddy couldn’t
write better than that.”
“Don’t make fun of me.”
“I’m not making fun of you, I mean it.”
George had been discouraged with his
school work. It seemed so dull and boring.
But that praise from his sister suddenly
made it all worth it.
When he left for school again, he said
“Dorothy, don’t chop that wood, I’ll do it
when I get home. Chopping wood isn’t a
girl’s work.” He closed the door so softly
that mother didn’t even know he had left.
Mother was hard at work over her
sewing machine. She spent all day sewing
for people so that the family could buy
food and pay the rent while father was ill.
She was sad, for life was very hard for her
and she was very worried about father.
As she was thinking these thoughts she
heard the door open and looking around
saw Dorothy coming in with a tray. On
the tray were a cup and some bread
“Why Dorothy, what do you have
there?” Exclaimed mother.
“Just a drink Mommy, and I want
you to drink it too. You only ate a little bit
at dinner and you looked so sad and tired.”
“But I’m not tired now.” Said mother
with a smile. “Your thoughtfulness has
encouraged me so much I’m ready to
tackle anything.” She put her arm around
Dorothy. “Here I was sitting thinking I had
all this work to do alone and that no one
cared how hard I work. But God sent you
here to tell me that I was wrong. You are
such an encouragement Dorothy.”
Dorothy smiled. “I should be able to
help you with the sewing this afternoon,
when the dishes are done.”
Every time she tried to cheer someone
else up it cheered her up too. The day was
looking brighter and brighter all the time.
When she finished cleaning up the
kitchen, Dorothy peeked into Daddy’s
room to see if he was asleep.
“Hi, Daddy, you’re soon going to be
better.” She said taking his hand.
Daddy smiled. “How do you know that
“Because the doctor always goes away
frowning but today he went away smiling.”
Said Dorothy, suddenly reaching for the
Bible on the nightstand. “Would you like
me to read something to you?”
“Oh yes, do.”
Dorothy read Psalm 27.
“What made you read that chapter?”
Asked Daddy looking intently at Dorothy.
“It’s one of my favorites. Did you like
“Oh yes, darling, because it’s a message
from God. I have been praying for God to
send me a sign that he hadn’t forsaken me
and He sent you with this encouraging
message. You have been doing angel’s
The sun was going down when the two
angel’s met again.
“How has your work gone today?”
asked the Angel of the Rainbow.
“Very well.” Replied the Angel of
Encouragement. “Because a girl named
Dorothy decided to help me. She spread so
much hope around her today that I can still
hear the bells ringing with it.”
“That is why my colors were so bright
today.” Said the Angel of the Rainbow.
“Did you see the bow I painted over the
hills, and the one in the canyon? My colors
are always so much brighter when the bells
of hope are ringing.”