According to a recent (ish) poll, one in ten people in the UK believe in angels.
Christmas is hurtling towards us an alarming rate so it seems apt to do one or two posts about angels.
There is a plethora of information about angels but perhaps one of the best advocates for the winged-ones is Lorna Byrne.
I’ve always been in two minds whether or not Lorna is certifiably insane? I mean, this lady has conversations with angels on a daily basis and has been seeing them since she was a baby. Yet she appears to be as sane as you or I.
Well you, anyway..
Lorna sees angels as physically as she sees everybody else and is of the opinion that everybody has at least one angel with them at all times. At this point, people usually ask, ‘Well, if that’s true, how come people get hurt or get ill? Why don’t their angels save them?’
Other people ask where their ‘car parking’ angel is when they need them?
“I drove round the Tesco car-park THREE SODDING TIMES. Where was my effing angel?!!”
Having a doze?
Saving a beached whale?
How the heck am I supposed to know?!
What I do know is that for every atrocity that happens – there some people who ‘miraculously survive’ and those who die horribly.
This is what I struggle with when it comes to the concept of angels.
One answer is that angels do appear to intervene where there is danger but not in every instance. It doesn’t seem fair that some people are saved and not others. Are some lives worth more than others? I don’t think so, yet this is how life is. The problem is that we don’t understand how all this works. People just assume that angels don’t exist for the same reason that some people reject the idea of God – because people suffer.
I have had a few ‘near misses’ in my time and when I say near miss, I mean that I have NO idea how I came out of these things alive..
The first incident was when an old (and extremely heavy) door fell on top of me when I was about four years old. I was rooting about in that forbidden area (the garage) and it fell on top of me. My parents couldn’t understand why I wasn’t dead or at the very least, a cabbage. Yet all I suffered was a small scratch on my nose.
Another incident was when I was driving home from work one day. I was doing 50 mph and an articulated lorry pulled out on me. I braked but my car kept on going, skidding onto the wrong side of the road.
Miraculously, there were no cars coming in the other direction.
It could have been a LOT worse.
It should have been a lot worse because it happened during the rush hour on a road that junctioned onto the M6 motorway – one of the busiest in the country.
All this happened in a matter of seconds yet I remember three things.
One – Time slowed right down.
Two – My life flashed before me.
Third – I felt protected.
Those were occasions where, by rights, I should have been seriously injured at least. Maybe it was just my good luck. Or maybe someone was looking out for me?
On another occasion, my eldest son (then about 16) came out of the local shop and stepped off the pavement into the road. He later told me, “I felt someone pull me roughly back onto the pavement. I looked around but there was NOBODY there. I thought it was one of my mates playing silly buggers. At that moment, a car came speeding round the corner. Had I have carried on across the road, the car would have hit me for sure”.
I also had a bizarre experience one day when my car broke down. These were the days before mobile phones and I had my elderly mother in law with me and a boot full of shopping. The place where I broke down was quite a distance from the nearest working phone-box and there were no houses either. My dilemma was that I had to leave my MIL in the car on her own while I went to get help as there was no way she could come with me. Just as I was starting to panic, a car drew in behind us and a man came to the window asking if I needed help. I could have kissed him! I explained the situation and he offered us (and the shopping) a lift back to MILs house.
The man looked to be in his 60s and had the kindest (and bluest) eyes I’d ever seen and I instinctively felt safe, as if he was someone I’d known all my life. Normally, I am suspicious of people.
He drove us to MILS house and helped me to carry the shopping in..
Nothing strange thus far but here’s where it gets funky…
We’d taken the last bags inside the house and I turned to thank him and offer him a cuppa but he’d gone.
I looked outside and his car was gone too. I know this sounds unbelievable but there simply wasn’t the time for the bloke to put the shopping bag down, walk out of the door, get into his car, drive off, without me seeing him.
I know what you’re thinking but no, he hadn’t nicked anything and SHAME ON YOU FOR THINKING IT!
What happened was impossible.
Some time later, I read an article about angels which led me to do some extensive research of my own and a few details consistently cropped up in people’s accounts:
These ‘angels’ appeared out of nowhere when people desperately needed help.
- They generally had kind (and very blue) eyes.
- There was a sense of peaceful and calming energy.
- They buggered off quicker than is humanly possible.
So angels drive do they?
My question is how do they get around the tax and insurance?
Why do they appear as humans then? Why not just appear in all their winged glory?
Well, I for one would have shit myself had a seven foot bird person revealed themselves to me in front of my Peugeot. As for my mother-in-law, she’d already had one heart attack. The shock would have finished her off!
Even if you think my story is about as believable as Wayne Rooney’s weave, there is no denying the mountain of evidence to support the existence of these beings known as angels.
Personally, I don’t believe it’s an angel’s job to save every person on the planet. Granted, it would be great if only the ancient among us died after long and gloriously happy lives but the reality is that the planet would be vastly overcrowded and we would become extinct.
Maybe angels do warn us but it’s our free will to heed or ignore the whispers?
Maybe it’s gut instinct not to travel on a certain road, or catch a certain train?
Or maybe it’s a whisper from an angel?
I see an angel’s job as one who comforts and guides. Who’s to say that when bad things happen they are not comforting someone to the very end? So maybe they can’t always save lives but comforting someone in their final minutes? That’s a very special thing, no?
One of the problems is that we don’t understand life. We don’t understand why good people die young and utter twats live to ripe old ages. If you believe that everything is chance and life is meaningless, then you have no problem. For those of us who don’t fit with that concept – there is confusion.
That said, I think that when we die, we will understand pain and suffering.
We will understand the whole damn thing.
It’s just that it’s incomprehensible to us in human form.
The other problem is some of us struggle with things that can’t be scientifically measured. There is no proof, therefore it doesn’t exist. Experience convinces you. While there is no definitive proof that angels exist, there is an abundance of evidence and in any court of law evidence stands for something.
I like Lorna’s Byrne’s theory that our guardian angels are always with us. That said, I hope mine averts their eyes when I’m perched on the loo or in the shower because, well – dignity.
Do you believe in angels?
Some things are true whether you believe in them or not ~ Nicholas Cage