– There’s an angel flying there, our 2-year-old exclaimed.
– It’s my own guardian angel. It will come back soon, he continued.
We adults were a bit embarrassed and also looked out of the window. We saw neither an angel, nor any other flying creature. We were wondering if the child really saw an angel or just a bird.
I was even a bit worried and told everybody to keep a careful eye on the boy. I did remember that many children sometimes speak about angels. Maybe they really see them. The eyes of older people must be too weak to see such wonderful miracles any more.
I remembered that there was another angel that flew through that same window. Many years ago I was sitting on the living room floor, rocking our youngest child who was one year old. The three-year-old looked at me, tilting her head and smiling cheerfully. She said, “Mummy, don’t you see there’s a small angel sitting on top of your head? Now it flew out of that window.”
I was happy about the angel but also a bit worried. I had just tested positive for pregnancy, and I could not help wondering if the angel was related to that, or if something else might happen. Sitting in the car that day, I was worried about a possible accident.
When I went for my first maternity checkup, the doctor asked me if everything was all right. I said I was not hundred percent sure.
I told the doctor about the angel my daughter had seen, although I felt a bit silly about it. I said I had been wondering if we were going to have a handicapped child, or if the baby was dead. The doctor did not laugh, she only said that can sometimes can happen. The ultrasound scan showed no signs of life. Maybe the little angel had been the soul of the baby whose life had ended so prematurely.
At home we talked about the angel my daughter had seen. I said that every one of us has an angel, but it is really rare to see one.
Then our son said he had not even known it was rare. He said that two years previously, when he was in kindergarten, he had once been the first to get dressed for outdoors. When he had gone outside, he had seen two angels fluttering around for a while and then leaving. He had not even thought it was something exceptional.
It may be that when a person sees or feels the presence of an angel, they may not want to share it with other people. It is such a precious personal experience.
I also remember an event from my teen-age years that I have shared with only very few people. Before confirmation school, I was restless and did not have a clean conscience. But then I experienced a change. I was at special services in Oulu. Sitting there, listening to the sermons, I wanted to believe. I strongly felt that this was the group I wanted to belong to.
When we went back to services the next day, I crossed the street carelessly and was hit by a car. Lying there in great pain, I heard this song:
”You follow Jesus, your Savior dear.
He washed your conscience and made it pure.
Your song confesses your joy so true,
though tears of sorrow may trouble you.
To those in darkness you seem so poor,
while they build barns for their earthly store.
But Jesus’ kingdom to you drew nigh
and spoke of wealth that abides on high.” (SHZ 319.)
I listened to the song and it made me feel better. I thought it came from a radio or a loudspeaker. When, later in hospital, I asked other people about that song, my sister and friend, who were there at the time, said they had not heard anything. They thought it must have been angels singing.
Whenever I hear that song, I remember what happened to me and feel that the song has an especially significant message to me. I guess I will never know for sure where that song came from, or if I just imagined it. But it is comforting to think that it may really have been angels singing.
We can trust that each of us has a guardian angel. The angel may sometimes bring an important message to us or comfort us in the middle of sorrow. Having seen an angel does not make anybody a better believer, nor does never having seen an angel make anybody a worse believer.
I have often felt that a friend who has discussed faith with me and has consoled me and preached my sins forgiven has been an angel. The Bible also encourages us: ”Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Heb. 13:2).
Text: Virpi Mäkinen
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
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