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Encounters with Angels

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PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE they have had encounters with angels usually cannot be convinced otherwise. Their experiences affect them in such a profound way that other explanations seem to them trivial, insufficient, and certainly not as spiritually satisfying. To outside observers, if these are genuine encounters with angelic entities, the experiences present more questions than answers. For example: Why do these guardian angels come to the aid of people with relatively small problems, such as car trouble or temporary money issues, yet seem to ignore other people under threat of suicide, abuse, and death?

Believers will suggest that we are not meant to know the answers to these mysteries because we cannot see the Divine plan at work. Whether you are a believer or not, you will find the following true stories fascinating, including some in which lives were saved.

ANGEL MADE ME A BELEIVER

When I was 14 (I'm 40 years old now), I was lying in bed waiting for my mother to come say good night and tuck me in, as she usually did every night. Now, just to provide you with some background, I usually enjoyed making my mom angry by telling her that neither God nor Jesus existed. I would demand proof, and this would enrage her further still.

As kids, my mother would force my brother and me to go to church every Sunday. The only good thing about church for us was the chance to visit the comic book store across the street when service was over. I was always skeptical, did not like church, and thought it was all bull - all of it made up by guys who had nothing better to do than sit in a circle and make up stupid stories. I kept on saying, "Prove it."

On this particular night, the lights were out in my room and I waited patiently for my mom to come upstairs. I had my own room in the attic. She finally walked in... or so I thought. I had extremely bad eyesight growing up and always wore thick glasses. Without them I couldn't see my hand in front of my face in the daytime let alone at night.

I was lying on my back and my "mom" walked up to my bed on the right. As I switched positions and lay on my left side (which means she was now behind me), sheer terror coursed through me because I realized the person who was standing behind me at this point was not my mom. My mom did not have a glowing, white cloak in her wardrobe. It was then that I started shaking, became freaking cold, and started sweating profusely.

I repeated to myself over and over in my head, Turn around! There's someone behind you and it's not your mom! Turn around! And the odd thing about this was that as I was turning around when I first saw her, I saw her face clearly in the dark, even with my bad vision. She was young and beautiful, with a hood over her head. I'm not sure how long it took me to finally get the courage to turn around, but when I finally did, there was nobody there.

I ran out of that room so fast and down the stairs to my mom's and dad's bedroom yelling, "There's someone in my room!" My parents told me it was just a dream that I had. I told them what happened, and my mom believed me because she said that she always prayed for angels to watch over us. Well, someone was listening to her apparently!

I didn't sleep in my room that Friday night, obviously, even though I knew that the "being" never meant to cause me any harm. Somehow I knew she was there to look over me.

The next day, pulling a deep breath of courage into my lungs, I went in there by myself, closed the door, and said, "Look, I know you're here. Don't ever do that again because you scared the spit out of me!"

That was the first thing I ever said to my angel. Since then, we've been through a lot together. I receive messages from her fairly regularly because I'm open to them. I'm married now, and every time something happens, or a message is sent that cannot be chalked up to just coincidence, I tell my wife and she just nods and smiles because she knows that these things can't just be coincidence, since she's had paranormal experiences herself.

I can't begin to tell you how many times my angel has been there for me, and comforted me in hard times. And I can't begin to thank her enough, though I always try to.

You have at least one of these. Someone is watching out for you and it's not about religion, it's not about "if I don't see it, it doesn't exist." It's just the way it is. Period. Whether you like it or not, you have a spirit protector that is with you for all your natural life. And words can never express how good that makes me feel. Take it from someone who wanted proof. I asked for it and boy did I get it! Thanks for the opportunity to speak about this wonderful experience! -- Dimitri

ANGEL GAVE WARNINGS

When I lived in Nebraska, my family belonged to a small church there. My best friend, Jenny, who went to my church, also had a family restaurant that her parents owned.

One Sunday morning, Jenny and her family came in looking very upset. Her mother had a horrible nightmare the previous night about their restaurant burning down. The next day, the restaurant did burn down!

My family took my brother and me over to their house to see if there was anything we could do, and to just be near them in their time of need. When Jenny and I were alone, I asked her about her mom's dream. She seemed completely comfortable (almost bored) with telling me about what her mother foresaw... as if it was an everyday occurrence.

Then she told me about once when she was infant, she was up in her crib and her mother was downstairs in the kitchen. Suddenly, a voice from behind her said, "Go to Jenny now!" Startled, she whipped around and nobody was there. Panic swept through her and she raced up the stairs to find Jenny choking in her crib. After reviving the baby, her mother searched the entire house for the source of the voice. But nobody was there and the doors were locked.

Jenny believes an angel has her mother's back. -- Samantha C.

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