I’ve been meaning to occasionally repost a popular post from my old blogger site in my archives and when I saw Joanne’s post today called “Guardian Angels”, I decided to go for it. I hope you enjoy it.
It’s a story I wrote back in December 2007 remembering when we had an encounter with my daughter’s guardian angel. I’ve changed the angel photo and made a few edits.
Here it is:
Thursday, December 13, 2007
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (The Holy Bible KJV- Hebrews 13:2)
There is a beautiful little publication called Angels on Earth. It’s a collection of stories from people all over the world that have had life-changing experiences entertaining strangers – angels.
Have you had a situation in your life when you were in great need and someone showed up at the right time and place to help? I have and I thought I would share this story with you, especially during the holiday season.
It was over 30 years ago and a friend of mine and I went to the grocery store. At the time, our children were small. I had my baby, Stephanie, and my 2-year old, Allison, with us and after walking in the store we pulled out a grocery cart.
I put Allison in the empty cart facing forward, with her legs through the top, and holding Stephanie we headed out to start shopping. My friend and I stopped at the end of one of the aisles to look at a spiral book rack – still without groceries.
As we looked at the books, Allison got restless in the cart and started to climb out. I didn’t notice but in that split second someone else did. Because the cart was empty, it started to lift up and turn over end, as she tried to climb out.
A young man ran in between me and the cart and caught her just 2 inches from the concrete floor. He was also with a child in his grocery cart. I never saw him before she was caught.
It all happened so fast with her only inches from me. He set her down on her feet and released her to me never saying a word. Our eyes met and I felt a deep, warm and penetrating look, as if our souls knew each other.
As I recovered and checked on Allison to be sure she was okay, I looked up, still shaken, to thank him but he was gone. We hurried through the store to catch him to express our heartfelt gratitude but he was nowhere to be found.
That day, I met Allison’s angel and she jokes that she keeps him busy but we know he’ll always be there looking out for her with love and compassion.
Angels are there in all forms whether it’s a young man with a little boy, an animal or bird. God, Higher Power, or whatever name you give, is always there in many forms and it’s comforting.
Be on the lookout. You never know when you will have entertained a stranger – your angel.
Pat from the ol’ kitchen table