Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Special Angels

Do you believe in angels? For many, an angel has religious connotations. Whether the religion is Christianity, Judaism or Islam, an angel is a spiritual being. As a youth, I learned that God created these spiritual beings to serve him and watch over the human race. These angels protect us from danger and deliver God’s message. I believe in these spiritual angels. However, the spiritual angel is not the only type that I am thankful for. 

Let me explain with the New Oxford American Dictionary definitions of angel:

1. A spiritual being believed to act as an attendant, agent, or messenger of God, conventionally represented in human form with wings and a long robe.

2. A person of exemplary conduct or virtue.

The second definition of angel provides for a wide range of possibilities. I am sure that growing up, all of us have had an adult that made a difference in our young lives.

It could have been a relative, teacher or even a coach. Maybe they helped you with something you could not comprehend or helped you to develop a skill. Maybe they just helped you to fit it.

Now as adults, this type of angel may be someone that has an impact on your life in other ways. Often times, this valuable type of angel comes in the form of a friend. Personally, I am fortunate to have a number of friends whom I consider to be angels.

Last night, I was singing the blues about some bad luck that caused me to be quite crestfallen. I whined and felt sorry for myself most of the evening. Right before falling asleep it finally dawned on me that I was blessed with three very special angels that care about me.

What makes these three angels so special is that I have never physically met any of them. And they are as different as night and day.

One is Catholic, another Muslim and the third isn’t a churchgoer. One angel lives less than an hour from me, one is on the other side of Lake Michigan and the third is across the Atlantic Ocean. That angel talks funny.

I have known my first special angel for nearly two decades. I would tell you how I met this angel, but then I would have to kill you. That’s a story for another blog. I speak with this angel on the phone at least two or three times a week.

Last year I realized just how special this angel was to me when she took ill and was laid up in the hospital for about a week. That didn’t stop us from talking on the phone. After numerous prayers, this angel made a miraculous recovery and things are back to normal. Whatever normal is. I’m just relieved that she recovered and is able to return to her angel duties.

The second special angel has been a regular part of my life for over six years. She is the only one of the three that I have “met” face-to-face, conversing five or six times a week on Skype. The only drawback to these visual encounters is her constant reminders for me to shave.

This angel came into my life when we met playing an online game in Pogo of all places. Every day I thank God for Pogo because I don’t know what I would do without this special angel. There is a void in my day whenever she goes on “holiday”.

I have known the final member of this special trio of angels for about two years. Over the past year we have become increasingly close and “talk” to each other on a daily basis in facebook. Okay, make that on an hourly basis. It amazes me how well she knows me.

It is ironic that while this angel is the closest to me geographically, we have never even spoken on the phone. Yet. We have discussed the possibility of breaking bread at a local pizzeria in the near future. It would be wonderful to actually meet one of my special angels in person.

Skeptics may ask why do we need angels. To be honest, I don’t know. God can deal with us any way He pleases. Maybe it’s as simple as that – it pleases God to have these angels minister to his children. That sounds good to me.

Whatever the reason, I am thankful to have been blessed with my three special angels. They are there for me without being asked and I love each of them dearly.

I don’t know about you, but I definitely believe in angels.

Until next time…from the booth.

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