You've got to be kidding. Without my guardian angels (I have two of them -- one on each shoulder), I'd be (1) dead by now, I'm absolutely certain (2) sideswiping cars on very narrow D.C. streets (3) still trying to pass calculus in first-year college and physics in second-year and (4) a whole bunch of other bad things that befall us mere humans.
I open my day, every day, with the prayer I learned 60 or so years ago: "Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen."
-- Edward Cornelius Werner, Washington
When my daughter was 15 days old, my daddy passed away having never seen his first grandchild. From then on I would "talk" to daddy and send him with her to protect her as her guardian angel. When she was 10, she mentioned that some nights when she had trouble sleeping, she would "talk" to her granddaddy. When she talked with granddaddy, she said she would later feel a slight weight on the end of her bed and once she felt the weight, it made her feel better and helped her fall asleep. Do I believe in guardian angels? Absolutely.
-- Kiera Gadson Robinson, Fort Washington
I was a seat-belted passenger in a car that was T-boned by an SUV, which shoved us head-on into another SUV. After the second impact, I felt my chest crunch. When I came to, I saw glowing, white, feathery wings fly away. I realized I was alive and felt a calmness within me. I had just lost my mom the previous month. Though my rib was broken besides other complications, God delivered me.
God sometimes lifts the veil and allows humans to catch a glimpse of the spiritual activity and warfare taking place around us. Psalm 91:11 states: "He has put His angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go." To this day, my husband feels it was the air bags. I smile and say, "Honey, air bags don't glow, they're not feathery, and they don't fly."
-- Linda McStowe, Lanham
Yes, I believe in guardian angels. I feel that mine have helped me during some really bad times, and if I sit quietly, they send me messages. I also feel that my son has very protective guardian angels, and as a result, he has become very successful in his life.
However, I also believe that if you don't remember to thank your guardian angels for taking care of you, you will not be as aware of them. I believe they do continue to help but maybe not as much.
I have read that when your spirit comes to the point of resurrection, other spirits volunteer to go with you and become your guardian angels. Whether any of this is true or not, I am not certain. But I know what I feel and what I get in messages during meditation.
-- Nancy Benson, Ellicott City
I do believe in them. I have had several experiences while driving. It was dark, and I was driving on a very curvy road, and from nowhere a soft voice said, "Deer." I slowed down and just around a curve stood a large deer in the middle of the road. I was driving on Route 29 in Howard County, traveling at 55 mph when suddenly, the traffic in front of me came to an abrupt stop. Something grabbed my steering wheel (I was the only person in the car) and turned it sharply to the right. This brought me off the road and prevented me from hitting the car in front of me.
-- Kathy Shippe, Catonsville
When I was younger, a horse was falling back onto me when something rolled me over. I could not move myself -- it was my deceased grandfather who did it.
My deceased grandparents have worked mysteriously through my neighbor to save my kids and me from an awful marital situation and to have me make decisions that had me arrive at places early and even late to avoid injury. And they were there for both kids during accidents in which they could have died. There's also my recently departed aunt and uncle who led my stubborn self to my soul mate and happiness I have not had in years! Amen.
-- Sheila Lamont, Centreville
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