I was driving home from a meeting this evening around 5 p.m. and got stuck in traffic on No. 2 Highway. Then my car started to choke and splutter and then it died. I barely managed to coast into a gas station, glad only that I would not be blocking traffic and would have a somewhat warm spot to wait for a tow truck, since my car would not even turn over.
Before I could make my call I saw a woman walking out of the mall next door and it looked like she slipped on some ice and fell right into the gas pump, so I got out to see if she was ok. When I got to her it looked more like she had been overcome by sobs than that she had fallen. She was a young woman who looked really haggard, with dark circles under her eyes. She dropped something as I helped her up and I picked it up to give it to her. It was a nickel.
At that moment, everything became clear to me. The crying woman, the ancient suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (one in a car seat) and the gas pump reading $14.05. I asked if she was ok and if she needed help. She sobbed: “I don’t want my kids to see me crying,” so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said she was driving to Kingston and that things were very hard for her right now.
So I asked, “And you were praying?” That made her back away from me a little, but I assured her I was not a crazy person.“He heard your prayers and He sent me!” I took out my card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill up her car completely. While it was fueling, I was moved to walk to the Mickey D’s and I bought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, and a big cup of coffee. Right away she gave the food to the kids in the car, who attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the pump eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she lived in Windsor. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able to make ends meet. She knew she wouldn’t have money to pay rent January 1, and finally, in desperation had called her estranged parents she had not spoken with in about 5 years. They lived in Kingston and she was on her way to live with them and to try and get on her feet. She had packed everything she owned into her car and told the kids they were going to Kingston for Christmas, but didn’t tell them they were going to live there.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug and said a quick prayer with her for safety on the road.
As I was walking over to my car, she said, “So, you an angel, or what?”
That brought a tear to my eye. I said, “Sweetie, at this time of year angels are really busy, so sometimes God uses regular people.”
It was incredible to be a part of someone else’s miracle. And, of course, you guessed it: when I got back to my car, I tried to start it. It started right away and got me home. I will have a mechanic check it out, but I am sure he won’t find anything wrong with it.
Sometimes angels fly close enough to you that you can hear the flutter of their wings.
Bruce, Psalm 55:22
Another Angel Story:
On July 22nd I was in route to Washington , DC for a business trip. It was all so very ordinary, until we landed in Denver for a plane change. As I collected my belongings from the overhead bin, an announcement was made for Mr. Lloyd Glenn to see the United Customer Service Representative immediately. I thought nothing of it until I reached the door to leave the plane and I heard a gentleman asking every male if he were Mr. Glenn. At this point I knew something was wrong and my heart sunk.
When I got off the plane a solemn-faced young man came toward me and said, ‘Mr. Glenn, there is an emergency at your home. I do not know what the emergency is, or who is involved, but I will take you to the phone so you can call the hospital.’ My heart was now pounding, but the will to be calm took over. Woodenly, I followed this stranger to the distant telephone where I called the number he gave me for the Mission Hospital . My call was put through to the trauma center where I learned that my three-year-old son had been trapped underneath the automatic garage door for several minutes, and that when my wife had found him he was dead. CPR had been performed by a neighbor, who is a doctor, and the paramedics had continued the treatment as Brian was transported to the hospital.
By the time of my call, Brian was revived and they believed he would live, but they did not know how much damage had been done to his brain, nor to his heart. They explained that the door had completely closed on his little sternum right over his heart. He had been severely crushed. After speaking with the medical staff, my wife sounded worried but not hysterical, and I took comfort in her calmness.
The return flight seemed to last forever, but finally I arrived at the hospital six hours after the garage door had come down. When I walked into the intensive care unit, nothing could have prepared me to see my little son laying so still on a great big bed with tubes and monitors everywhere. He was on a respirator. I glanced at my wife who stood and tried to give me a reassuring smile. It all seemed like a terrible dream. I was filled-in with the details and given a guarded prognosis. Brian was going to live, and the preliminary tests indicated that his heart was OK, two miracles in and of themselves. But only time would tell if his brain received any damage.
Throughout the seemingly endless hours, my wife was calm. She felt that Brian would eventually be all right. I hung on to her words and faith like a lifeline. All that night and the next day Brian remained unconscious. It seemed like forever since I had left for my business trip the day before.
Finally at two o’clock that afternoon, our son regained consciousness and sat up uttering the most beautiful words I have ever heard spoken. He said, ‘Daddy hold me’ and he reached for me with his little arms.
By the next day he was pronounced as having no neurological or physical deficits, and the story of his miraculous survival spread throughout the hospital. You cannot imagine how we felt when we took Brian home. We felt a unique reverence for the life and love of our Heavenly Father that comes to those who brush death so closely.
In the days that followed there was a special spirit about our home. Our two older children were much closer to their little brother. My wife and I were much closer to each other, and all of us were very close as a whole family. Life took on a less stressful pace. Perspective seemed to be more focused, and balance much easier to gain and maintain. We felt deeply blessed. Our gratitude was truly profound.
The story is not over (smile)!
Almost a month later to the day of the accident, Brian awoke from his afternoon nap and said, ‘Sit down Mommy. I have something to tell you.’ At this time in his life, Brian usually spoke in small phrases, so to say a large sentence surprised my wife. She sat down with him on his bed, and he began his sacred and remarkable story.
‘Do you remember when I got stuck under the garage door? Well, it was so heavy and it hurt really bad. I called to you, but you couldn’t hear me.. I started to cry, but then it hurt too bad. And then the ‘birdies’ came.’
‘The birdies?’ my wife asked puzzled.
‘Yes,’ he replied. ‘The birdies made a whooshing sound and flew into the garage. They took care of me.’
‘Yes,’ he said. ‘One of the birdies came and got you. She came to tell you ‘I got stuck under the door.’ A sweet reverent feeling filled the room. The spirit was so strong and yet lighter than air. My wife realized that a three-year-old had no concept of death and spirits, so he was referring to the beings who came to him from beyond as ‘birdies’ because they were up in the air like birds that fly. ‘What did the birdies look like?’ she asked.
Brian answered, ‘They were so beautiful. They were dressed in white, all white. Some of them had green and white. But some of them had on just white.’
‘Did they say anything?’
‘Yes,’ he answered. ‘They told me the baby would be all right.’
‘The baby?’ my wife asked confused.
Brian answered. ‘The baby laying on the garage floor.’ He went on, ‘You came out and opened the garage door and ran to the baby. You told the baby to stay and not leave.’
My wife nearly collapsed upon hearing this, for she had indeed gone and knelt beside Brian’s body and seeing his crushed chest whispered, ‘Don’t leave us Brian, please stay if you can.’ As she listened to Brian telling her the words she had spoken, she realized that the spirit had left his body and was looking down from above on this little lifeless form. ‘Then what happened?’ she asked.
‘We went on a trip,’ he said, ‘far, far away.’ He grew agitated trying to say the things he didn’t seem to have the words for. My wife tried to calm and comfort him, and let him know it would be okay. He struggled with wanting to tell something that obviously was very important to him, but finding the words was difficult.
‘We flew so fast up in the air. They’re so pretty Mommy,’ he added.
‘And there are lots and lots of birdies.’ My wife was stunned. Into her mind the sweet comforting spirit enveloped her more soundly, but with an urgency she had never before known. Brian went on to tell her that the ‘birdies’ had told him that he had to come back and tell everyone about the ‘birdies.’ He said they brought him back to the house and that a big fire truck, and an ambulance were there. A man was bringing the baby out on a white bed and he tried to tell the man that the baby would be okay. The story went on for an hour.
He taught us that ‘birdies’ were always with us, but we don’t see them because we look with our eyes and we don’t hear them because we listen with our ears. But they are always there, you can only see them in here (he put his hand over his heart). They whisper the things to help us to do what is right because they love us so much. Brian continued, stating, ‘I have a plan, Mommy. You have a plan.. Daddy has a plan. Everyone has a plan. We must all live our plan and
Keep our promises. The birdies help us to do that cause they love us so much.’
In the weeks that followed, he often came to us and told all, or part of it, again and again. Always the story remained the same. The details were never changed or out of order. A few times he added further bits of information and clarified the message he had already delivered. It never ceased to amaze us how he could tell such detail and speak beyond his ability when he talked about his birdies.
Everywhere he went, he told strangers about the ‘birdies.’ Surprisingly, no one ever looked at him strangely when he did this. Rather, they always got a softened look on their face and smiled. Needless to say, we have not been the same ever since that day, and I pray we never will be.
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