What was your favorite prayer growing up? If you are from another country
or did not pray, what was your favorite expression wishing for the best?
Sometimes people will say, “God bless you,” “Good luck,” or “May the saints
be with ye…” I have a few prayers that include the word, “Angels,” in them.
Angels, to my family, are messengers from God. If they take the form of an
animal, a form of natural wonder or a miracle, all are such fantastic
examples of how God “tells us he loves us.” I had a strange and wonderful
experience with a cardinal, within an hour of my Grandfather Mattson’s
death. All who are in my family, either ‘believe’ in this miracle of
a meaningful message or they ‘humor’ me! No one argues or tries to show
disdain for my loving memory of that moment. (I posted about this in
Cardinals send messages…)
The musical group, Train, has performed the song, “Calling All Angels”
since 2003. Here are a few ‘telling lyrics’ for this new society
where we have concerns and dangerous situations we face daily.
“I need a sign,
to let me know you’re here.
All of these lines are being
crossed over the atmosphere.
I need to know,
that things are gonna look up.
‘Cause I feel us drowning
on a sea spilled from a cup.
When there is no place safe,
and no safe place in my head.
When you can feel the world shaken
from the words that are said.
And I’m calling all Angels…
When children have to play inside,
so they don’t disappear.
While private eyes solve marriage lies
‘Cause we don’t talk for years…”
This is a haunting song, with many ‘truths’ but mainly
it would be nice if we could all live without fear or
Someone may have a spirit or angel that watches over them, showing
themselves through movement of objects, words that are heard aloud,
or maybe a “vision” of a future happening, with its being ‘foretold’
by that heavenly appearance. My friend, Lori, has had one that she
thinks is her grandfather who will “knock my hat off of my head on
a clear, still and windless day.”
Some people have dreams that show a remarkable ability to see into
the future, others solve crimes and help the police by even finding
someone or something that is lost. I know we could attribute these to
our own fascinating ‘brain power’ but some like to think they are
also a ‘helping hand from Above.’ I always thank God, daily, multiple
times for his creations and my blessings. This can be from saving me
from an accident or harm. This can come by giving me a ‘premonition’
not to take a certain road or something I should not undertake.
It can be a special way of someone passing you a healthy way to
take care of your illness or make you feel less pain. I feel there
are ‘angels’ everywhere there are people who are kind, helpful and
go beyond normal levels of caring, beyond limits of ‘doing the
right thing.’ There have been people in war times, accidents and
other catastrophes, that have had “someone by their side,” holding
their hand, leading them out of a fire, out of the dangerous zones
or out of the deep water where seaweed had caught on their ankles.
Just as in the expression, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,”
I believe God and his ‘posse’ of angels are all within our personal
beliefs in God and our own personal relationship with Him.
Here are Four Angel Prayer or Poems, that hopefully will bless and
touch your hearts during this Season of Peace and Love. Hope, if you
have a short four lines or less, special poem or quotation that you
will add to this conversation about Angels.
“Guardian Angel from heaven so bright,
Watching beside me to lead me aright,
Fold thy wings round me and guard me with love
Softly sing songs to me of Heaven above. Amen.”
“Hush, my dear, lie still and slumber,
Holy angels guard thy bed.
Heavenly blessings without number
Gently fall upon thy head.”
“Four corners to my bed,
Four angels round my head;
One to watch, and one to pray,
And two to bear my soul away.”
(Child’s bedtime prayer, 17th century)
“Little eyelids cease your winking;
Little orbs, forget to beam;
Little soul, to slumber sinking,
Let angels rule your dream.”
Written by Eugene Field