I entertained an “angel” one summer when working on my graduate degree. My dorm mate, Peter Chen, shared with me that, because of his poor English skills, he couldn’t write an acceptable thesis. I tutored him for the summer.
He came charging into our room near the end of the summer session overjoyed and waving his thesis approval.
A few months later my wife and I invited Peter and his family to spend Thanksgiving Day with our family. His wife and two children had just come to the United States and didn’t speak English, but we still had the most enjoyable time together. Watching our grandchildren and his children play the games Pit and Uno was delightful and full of smiles and laughter.
And 30 years later, diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, who comes to my rescue? A practicing reflexologist in the Chicago area, Peter Chen.
“Leon, we’re family. Thanks to you, I’m practicing reflexology. And in our culture, family bonds are stronger than death!” I deeply appreciate his helping me with my neuropathy, a side effect of chemotherapy treatments. I welcome his weekly calls to see how I’m progressing.
Hebrews 13:2 encourages us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Peter and I don’t know who’d qualify as an “angel,” but God used the unexpected to make the Pippins and the Chens a family.