I had heard a lot of stories about them over the years-- pulling someone out of danger at the last minute, appearing out of nowhere to help a stranded motorist, warning of something bad before it happens. But I never actually saw one until that night.
It was late, after 10pm, when I got the call
"Can you come out to the nursing home to start a line on Mrs. Mathews? She is very sick and the doctor wants to try this last medication"
Ugh. Already settled in for the night, I got up, dressed quickly and headed out for the 45 minute drive to the facility.
When I arrived, I just barely caught the nurse running by,
"It's been a crazy night. She is down the hall to the far left!"
The room was dark and quiet as I entered. There she lay, a tiny little body huddled under the blankets. She appeared to be in a deep sleep---didn't even open her eyes as I got her ready for the procedure.
Concentrating on my task, I almost didn't notice the door to her room, how it was closing on its own after I opened it several times. Assuming it was a loose hinge, I finally propped it open with a chair and got back to work.
Working at the head of the bed, I first saw it out of the corner of my eye--a white glow standing at the foot of her bed.
Close enough for me to touch, I could see it--- but I felt its peaceful presence more than anything.
Powerful, steadfast, unwavering ---it was keeping vigil over her. I sensed it was guarding her. As I moved about the room, it would change position too but its focus stayed fixed on her. It was as if I was an intruder in a very reverent place. I quickly finished what I was doing and returned to the nurse's station.
I was curious about her background and asked the nurse sitting there....
"Oh, that's Mrs. Mathews. She was a teacher around here for many years and took in lots of foster kids who needed help. Everyone loved her"
She passed away that night.
Since that night, I've seen angels in a different way --- no longer the sweet, whimsical, flighty spirits we usually think of.
They are real beings ----
Loyal warriors, sentinels, protectors,
never leaving our side
they keep steady watch
Our Angel Guardians.