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Do You Believe in Angels?
By Kathleen L. McDonald
Friday, November 07, 2008

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Sometimes if we have faith an angel is sent to help us when we need them the most.

Do You Believe in Angels

By Kathy Lynn


“Do you believe in angels?” Tony asked me as we walked to our cars after work. 


“Why, are you asking me that”, I replied.  “You know that I really do. There have been too many times in my life when there was no place else to turn and all of a sudden something or someone would come along to make everything turn out right.”


We both got into our cars and drove away.  But, I couldn’t stop thinking what Tony had said.  I know a lot of people would scoff at the idea that God would send angels to help us in this day and age and say that what ever happened would have done so anyway, but I would have to disagree with them.


I remember the very first Christmas that I had been alone after I divorced my abusive husband.  I was not able to go home because I was short of money and too ashamed to admit it, so I told my family that because of my new job and lack of seniority, I had asked be on call in case something happened and someone was needed for the children that came from abusive homes. The holidays were the worst time of the year for these special angels.


I didn’t put up a Christmas tree or decorate the apartment I was staying in because money was tight and I was all alone anyway.  I didn’t really know anyone in this city and had just met the people that I worked with.  I was just one of many counselors on the job.  I am not  a boisterous person so I tended to stay to myself. After the horrific experience I had just gotten out of I really was not in the mood to jump into any relationships and had crawled into a self-made shell where no one could hurt me.


So on Christmas Eve, I was at home with my beeper on and doing some paper work that I had brought from the office.  I guess it was ok while I had the paperwork to do, but afterwards, I started to feel so lonely and left out of things.  I had never really spent Christmas all by myself before and in a strange city where I had no real friends.  I went in the kitchen and made myself a sandwich and turned the television on just to keep me company. 


As I looked around the drab apartment I could feel my heart just sinking and tears fell from my eyes.  I was alone and lonely on a day that had always been so very special to me and my family.  We all went to midnight mass and then on Christmas day we would all get together and have a lovely dinner, open presents and sing Christmas Carols.  It seemed the more I thought of Christmas past the lonelier I became. 


I had moved near a park and decided that even though it was snowing and a bit cold, I would go and take a walk by the river. I had started to do that quite often since I moved to this new place.  I felt a peace come over me every time I strolled along the path.  For some reason it seemed to comfort me being there and just looking across the water. 


Thank goodness it was a quiet night and I checked my beeper a few times to make sure it was on and working.   It seemed all was going to be ok tonight and my services would not be needed.  This at least was one good thing tonight. 


It was getting late and I decided that it was time to go home.  As I turned on the path I heard footsteps behind me.  It seemed the faster I walked the faster the steps became.  I was alone and starting to feel scared.  There was no one else in the park on Christmas Eve.  Everyone was home with their families.  A million different scenarios ran through my mind. I was afraid to turn around to look so I started to run.  I could hear running right behind me.  I kept praying, “Dear Lord, please let me get home safely.”  The sweat was pouring down my face. I wanted to get home where I knew I would be safe.  


As I got closer to my apartment there were street lights but no one in sight.  I could still hear someone running behind me and just a few yards ahead was my apartment.  I said a prayer that I would reach it before who ever was chasing me would catch up to me.


As I looked toward my building I was overcome with joy.   There on the steps were all the people that worked with me at the agency.  Tony, Jill, Jack, Sally each had brought over some kind of food for us all to share and Tony had a small fully decorated Christmas tree in his hands.  I was simply overjoyed.


“Hi!, What are all of you doing here tonight?  I thought you all had plans for Christmas Eve “. I asked. They all smiled at me and Sally said that Tony had got everyone together and told them that I was not going home for Christmas and that I would be all alone tonight.  So they all decided to come and spend Christmas Eve with me and go to midnight mass with me too.  Then we would all come back to my apartment and open presents.  I felt bad because I had no presents for any of them, but that didn’t seem to bother them at all.  They must have sensed my feelings because Tony said, “Hey, we didn’t come here expecting you to have a big party for us.  You are the new one in town and we want to make your first Christmas a happy one to remember.” I hugged each one of them and could not help the tears that filled my eyes. 


Then I remembered the person behind me and I turned around. There was no one there. Who ever it was had gone.  I was safe.  I told my new friends all about the park and the person that had been following me and how scared I was that who ever it was would get me before I made it home. 


Tony only smiled at me and said, “Well, guess your angel was watching over you tonight and kept you safe from harm. It seems that we arrived at just the right time too.”


Yes, I believe God sends us angels to watch over all of us.  They protect and guide us throughout our lives.  All we need to do is learn to listen to their whispers.




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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/22/2008
Yes! I certainly do. I have been saved on more than one occasion by angels and I don't know where I'd be today if it were not for them. Thank you, Kati. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 11/8/2008
Yes, yes and yes I do believe in Angels and I believe they walk amongst us everyday. They are our friends, family and sometimes even strangers who for some reason appear when we need them the most. Life becomes easier when we believe. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/8/2008
Yes, I believe in angels; they are real, are around us if you pay attention, know where to look. Great write, Kathy; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

I've seen 'em too! :)
Reviewed by Cryssa C 11/7/2008
And often...those angels are earthly hands and people who listen to a higher voice and respond to the call for help.


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