Angels Among Us

08/12/2012

Lately, in contemplating random acts of kindness, I have been considering how all of us earth-bound humans can behave more like angels to one another, if we so choose. I am reminded of the letter of Saint Paul to the Hebrews: “Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ~Hebrews 13:1-2

angelAll God’s angels come to us disguised.  ~James Russell Lowell


  

I wrote an article called Just A Smile, which is about a person who might have been an angel in disguise. When I consider the powerful effect her genuine smile had on me that bleak, sad day, I often wonder if she might have been more than she appeared. My heavy heart was suddenly brightened and effortlessly lifted. In an instant, I actually felt stronger from someone’s warm eye contact and big smile generously given for me.

Angels descending, bring from above,
 Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
 ~Fanny J. Crosby




It has been suggested in some schools-of-thought that when we read, discuss, or learn something new and profound, the goose-bumps we feel along our arms, back, scalp or shoulders that can happen is evidence of our guardian angels brushing us with their wings, urging us to pay attention and notice that this is something important.

Another popular idea is that heeding our hunches, gut-instincts, or intuition is a process of becoming sensitive to the urgings from our angels. And the more we pay attention to and act upon our hunches, the more strength we give to them and the more frequently these moments of intuition will arise.

I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on.  ~Rabindranath Tagore 

(May 7, 1861 – Aug 7, 1941)

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you.  ~Saint Francis de Sales (Aug 21, 1567 – Dec 28, 1622)

Homeless man guardian angelThe idea of angels travelling with us, guiding us, guarding us, is an incredibly beautiful and comforting thought. When I consider how much time I spent away from home as a young child playing in the woods, like a forest nymph travelling alone, I know I am lucky that nothing bad happened to me. Why did I never fall from a tree or break a leg with a slip? Why was I able to remain hidden from the eyes of strangers travelling those dark shaded paths? And in my older years when I did cross paths with some dangerous people, how did I escape unscathed? I know agnostics would call it chance or luck. But what if I really do have very hard-working guardian angels with me, helping events unfold for the best?

I am more troubled with this concept as I get older because of the terrible events that happen to people. Like debris falling from jets overhead, being collateral damage in a shooting, a woman killed as she waited for a board meeting to begin as a car flew through the wall, and so many accidents that make me wonder: if we have guardian angels, where were they for those people?

Such is the inner life that a spiritual philosopher like me lives with.

There are always so many questions and theories to ponder, back and forth. And then I wonder, perhaps people pulled from life in ways that seem before their time are needed for their love, their strong spirit, in a place beyond what we can even begin to comprehend. A place we may call Heaven. If I am to believe that there are angels, then I must also consider the thought that angels are sometimes ‘needed’ and people whose lives are cut short may be indeed called to a ‘higher occupation’ if you will.

Many believe that there are angels everywhere, and I admit to having an ornament of an angel in every room of my house, and even in my garden.

blades of grass

Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers, grow, grow. ~The Talmud

Yet again, as I ponder this concept of angels among us, I keep coming back to wonder if I may be over romanticizing it all. With my own experience of a possible angel, she certainly looked like a regular woman (even if she wasn’t in a suit like most of us were) who just so happened to be walking the opposite direction as me. And for whatever reason, amongst all that pedestrian traffic, she noticed how weary I appeared and she was warmly smiling at me before I even raised my eyes from the sidewalk.

There really is no reason to assume that an ordinary person cannot offer such selfless kindness to another, on a whim. I like the expression of “Earth Angel” to describe a regular human who offers their kindnesses consistently and selflessly. So whether I do or don’t believe in angels among us, I know that we can behave kindly towards each other and behave like angels on earth.

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.  ~Luciano de Crescenzo




I believe that we can all behave like guardian angels for each other. A first step is to be sure to fill our hearts with love. Focus on our blessings. Feel kindness towards our own self first. Let’s acknowledge how loved we truly are by this loving Universe, by God. Please know that you are important and meant to be here, and allow gratitude and love to fill your heart to the brim, and beyond. In this way our inner well of well-being, our feelings of love, can overflow into the hearts of others because we ourselves are overflowing with love.

42 responses to Angels Among Us

  1. 

    Such beauty, such wisdom. You my, friend, are an Angel. Thank for sharing this and the rest of your series on acts of kindness.
    Blessings, love & light, Sloan

    • 

      Thank YOU so much Sloan! You are like an angel, with such kind comments that you always share with your most welcomed visits! Your comments lift me up nearly as much as your writing on your wise blog. Thank you dear one. Hugs, Gina

  2. 

    Reblogged this on fibrohappiness and commented:
    Incredibly beautiful and inspiring post from Professions for Peace!

  3. 

    Gina, I have quite a few images of angels in and around my house. I just picked up another one on my recent vacation. I tend to believe we have spirits guarding over us, yet there are some things they certainly don’t or can’t prevent. I appreciate your reminder that we all have an opportunity to be an angel for someone else. 🙂 Karen

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      Thank you Karen, for this wonderful comment. You put it beautifully to say there are things they cannot prevent. But I can understand how some people lose faith after tragedy. Regardless, may we always hold on to the fact that we ourselves can be as angels in our own small way. 🙂 Thank you. Gina

  4. 

    A great post! I think I’ve caught glimpses of angels too!

  5. 

    thank you for sharing such this most inspired, tender and loving post, with gratitude, Linda

  6. 

    The quote about blades of grass gave me chills, or caused my angels to rub up against me 🙂
    It is so good for me to remember things like this, to feel the peace and settling feeling of a larger picture and loving beings all around us.
    Thank you for the reminder to feel this way, and to have a sense of gratitude for all of the times that I have been touched by that grace.

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      Your wonderful comment here really moves me. I love how you enjoyed the Blades of grass quote as that is a favorite of mine and I searched for a while for the right image. And your term of how your angels rubbed ‘up against’ you is exactly what I was meaning. It is my absolute pleasure that this helped you remember and feel touched by that grace. Hugs to you Jennifer, Gina

  7. 

    Thank you for this post. I like to think there are angels in disguise all around us.

  8. 

    You KNOW how much I love this entry. It’s my favorite topic. You are wonderful!!!

  9. 
    viralsalome16 08/12/2012 at 6:06 pm

    A very interesting idea: Another popular idea is that heeding our hunches, gut-instincts, or intuition is a process of becoming sensitive to the urgings from our angels. And the more we pay attention to and act upon our hunches, the more strength we give to them and the more frequently these moments of intuition will arise.

    *I am currently trying to do just this, and develop my relationship with the Lord. I’m universes away from perfection but, life is moving. Thank-you for your lovely post.

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      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I know what you mean by being far from perfection, but in listening to our inner stirrings I too believe we can strengthen our relationship with God. Thanks again for commenting. Blessings, Gina

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        viralsalome16 08/13/2012 at 10:32 am

        You got it, and yes. It’s something we all have to kinda work on. Blessings-in-return, Salome 🙂

  10. 

    once -for sure- my intuition kept me from danger, and your post helps make sense of that strong urge to ‘leave’ that i had. it’s the strongest feeling of foreboding i’ve ever had, and i left. about ten days later the village was buried in a mudslide. and yes, chills washed over me when i read the news! great post! Lisa/z

  11. 

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing post! I love the calmness received after calling on the angels and Archangels..I can truly confirm that their presence is real. thanks again for such an enjoyable read!!

  12. 

    all i can say is YES YES YES

  13. 

    Thanks so much for reminding me of my Angels. I too should have been in dire straights sometimes as I am a bit of a blind adventurer. Angels not only saved me but guided me. I have no doubt in my mind. The memory of a dark black man in a stunning white suit rushing to my rescue is one of the most prominent events, perhaps because of my calamity or maybe because of the un-likelihood, or the visual itself is still so strong – One day I will write out the story.

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      This comment is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing, and the powerful imagery of your angel who rushed to save you is wonderful. I can hardly wait for your story about it! I am delighted if my post here could offer you some remembrances and inspiration about your powerful event. I too have more stories to share about feeling ‘saved’ by angels. This life is so much more than it appears, I believe.
      Thank you kindly for your visit and kind comment! Hugs, Gina

  14. 

    Can I just say how happy I am to have found your blog?? Great post, as usual! I love the term “Earth Angels”!

    • 

      Aww.. Andrea! You are an absolute delight! I am so glad you enjoy my site. And I love your site, and the fact that you are an author in Oregon (I love that State!) and have a business with your mom of eco-friendly products for babies! How happy are we to have found each other?! Yay!

      • 

        🙂 Well thank you! I just love how much of a community blogging creates, it’s such a wonderful experience. All the best to you!

  15. 

    Thank you for guiding us with the light of your love, Gina. I am touched, warmed, and guided by it and by you almost daily. You have a humble way of giving so much.

    May your posts spread to ever-greater numbers of souls around the world and inspire true and lasting change.

    Russ

    • 

      Russ, you are the kind and trusted brother-sibling that I never had (before now!). Your kind words and support just might mean more to me than you can imagine 🙂 With deep gratitude, your grateful friend always, Gina

  16. 

    Another heart-warming post. And – perfect timing!! We had houseguests this past week. When they left, I went up to my sanctuary to pray for their safe travels back to CA and to thank God for the wonderful time we had with these dear, long-time friends. Sitting in my rocking chair up there, waiting for me, was a wrapped box. Inside was a WillowTree angel – the one called “You Are The Best” who is holding an apple. The inscription with it says, “Thank you for making a difference.” What a beautiful way for guests to say thanks – and what a lovely sentiment! Then, I came to my office to check my e-mails and catch up on my WordPress friends’ posts – and here you are – with a posting about angels. Coincidence? I don’t think so! Thank you, God (and Gina)!!

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      Hello Jan! This is a wonderful example of ‘Earth Angels’ ~ both your appreciative friends, and you as well my dear friend! Thank you so much for your welcomed visit and for this delightful comment. Warm and loving hugs, Gina

  17. 

    In actuality, vital things are not lands, stocks and bonds, but friendships, trust, confidence, empathy, mercy, love and faith.

  18. 

    i have always believed that there were many surrounding me at all time, bringing me a soothing peace that i would always be urged to share, along with the love of God that is found in my heart and spirit! I beleive that all the poems i write about God come from their hearty urgings! Such a wonderful post Gina, thanks for sharing!

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      Wow, that is beautiful Wendell. You obviously have a wonderful rapport with your angels because your prolific writing only gets stronger and more powerful, more heart-touching and inspiring all the time. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. Blessings, Gina

  19. 

    Can anyone help me? This first picture in this post of the angle with a harp behind found its way to me and when I saw it I was s hocked. My daughter passed away last year tragically and this picture l ooks EXACTLY like her and her whole life was all about music. I cannot read the author’s name and would SO love to have this picture in print to hang on my wall. Can someone find the name of the author of this picture for me? It would mean the world to me.
    Thank you,
    Suzanne

    • 

      First of all, my sincerest condolences on your tragic loss. My heart goes out to you. I wish I could help but this image was off of Google years ago. Perhaps any of my readers can share if they know of the artist. This image is all over Pinterest. I just now searched ‘angel’ ‘clouds’ ‘harp’ and it came up on dozens of boards but a preliminary search didn’t return to the original source, rather from Google, Tumblr, and other free sources. If I may make a suggestion, since it would only be for personal use, click and save the image to your computer and print it off in color to frame it. Or if you don’t have the set up to do that I’m certain one of your friends or family members can help you print it off on their home printer. I wish I lived closer! I’d do it for you! Be well, dear Suzanne, and may your heart find peace. With love, Gina