This story was told to me a few years ago by Jody Ballenger of Birmingham, Alabama. She swore it was "gospel truth".
Jody Ballenger said that many Christmases ago on Christmas Eve, she and her husband of many years Johnny were doing some late afternoon last minute shopping. As they drove to the stores they noticed an elderly black woman, obviously blind, struggling to make her way along the sidewalk. They were so concerned for her that they stopped and Jody asked if they could help her.
The woman smiled and gratefully accepted a ride to the nearby grocery store. They asked her name and she said "Just call me Sister."
At the store Jody and Johnny and Sister did the shopping together. Jody got the articles Sister wanted from the shelves for her and Sister asked her to pick out a poinsettia. Jody chose a pretty one and they checked out and drove Sister home. She gave them her address and directions and they arrived in front of a neat, small frame house. All the while Jody said that Sister commented from time to time "Can't you feel the angels all around us?"
Jody and Johnny helped Sister in with her things and put the poinsettia on her dining table. Wishing each other a merry Christmas, they parted company with Sister's thanks and again her comment "Can't you feel the angels all around us?"
That Christmas Eve Sister was very much on the Ballengers minds as they celebrated with family and friends. On Christmas Day they decided to pay a call on Sister to see how she was doing and if she had everything she needed.
They drove back to the same part of town, to the same address they had been to the night before. Instead of the little neat house they found a shabby house in a rundown neighborhood. The people who lived there had no idea who Sister was when asked by the Ballengers. None of the other people in the neighborhood knew her either. The Ballengers left, baffled and wondering who was the mysterious Sister who called on them to "feel the angels all around". Perhaps they had "entertained an angel unaware"?
BE NOT FORGETFUL; TO ENTERTAIN STRANGERS:
FOR THEREBY SOME HAVE ENTERTAINED
-Hebrews 13:2 KJV