“An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates.” Thomas Aquinas
Recently, I was reminded of an incident that occurred many years ago and it had me thinking of angelic souls; good people who come forward to help us in our times of great need. Do you believe in angels? Do you believe that angels walk the earth; especially in times of great crisis? I do… but we must be attentive to their presence as their messages are always clear; sometimes even with a sense of urgency.
Many, many years ago, during the war years, my older brother had a remarkable experience that could have only been an act of God through an angelic messenger. He was sitting in a local restaurant with an uncle, they had stopped in for a quick bite on their way back from some meeting. They had ordered their food, rice with stew, and sat drinking glasses of cold water and chatting about the meeting.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2
Soon, the food arrived and, as my brother recalled it, the server was a friendly young woman with a soft voice. She placed the dishes on the table and encouraged them to eat up and hurry on their way home. My brother thought it a bit odd as they had only gotten there a short while before. They thanked her and settled down to enjoy their meal and conversation. As they ate their food, she kept coming by to check in on them and ask if they needed anything else… Sure, it was extraordinary service; but there was more… More below
“Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you.” Francis de Sales
At some point, the young woman came back and told them they needed to get going as it was time for them to get on the road and finish their journey home. There was an urgency in her voice which alarmed my uncle and disturbed my brother greatly. Ever the stubborn man, my uncle wanted to know what was all the rush to get them going … She calmly told them it was time to move on and leave the restaurant. My uncle now baffled, asked if they could, at least, finish their food and pay before leaving. At which point, she told them in a firm voice that there was no time to pay… “Do you hear the buzz outside? It is the jet bombers approaching. Get out now!” It was a time of war and my uncle understood the implications quite well. Without further ado, they dashed out of the restaurant. My brother carried his plate of rice with him, I know…
“When angels visit us, we do not hear the rustle of wings, nor feel the feathery touch of the breast of a dove; but we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts.” Anon
As they crossed the threshold of that restaurant, running for the nearby bushes, the jet bomber showered the restaurant and surrounding area with bombs. In a flash, the building was destroyed and a huge fire set ablaze… debris and bodies everywhere. They were unscathed and had been saved by an angel. Needless to say, they couldn’t believe the grace in the form of that young woman whom they, by the way, never saw again. When they arrived back in the village, they were covered in soot and all shook up. They told the story over and over for years to come. They were saved by an angel… Not all angels have wings. What about you? What are your thoughts? Do you believe in angels on earth? Have you ever met an angel? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from this week’s Mamakat’s Writers Workshop: Write about a time you or someone you know saved the day!
Positive Motivation Tip: honor all before you for an angel lurks around the corner to make your day special.
- The man without wings (lifeinabeep.wordpress.com)
- Every Time a Bell Rings (tinabausinger.wordpress.com)
- Angels Believe in YOU! (angelladytm.wordpress.com)
- Yes, Tis True (danroberson.wordpress.com)
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