Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?

Showing Hospitality To Strangers

angelsAs another Christmas approaches, the thought of angels are front and centre in most of our minds. This piece was published last year and with a little revision is shared again this year. It is one of those posts that bloggers refer to as “evergreen,” because of the timelessness of its content. Angels are very much among us and that is a truth that cannot be ignored or go out of style.

Four years ago, life was somewhat different for me. I had relocated from Alberta en route to Jamaica for what I thought was a re-migration to my country of birth. However, in the end that was not meant to be. Along the way, strangers appeared who turned out to be angels. They come in many forms and the Christian Bible reminds us of this fact:

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2, New International Version

Like many of you, I have failed to recognize much less be hospitable to many of the angels who have appeared in my life. Why? Well, they did not have wings. They did not announce their arrival. They did nothing that would immediately tell me who they really were. Worse yet, sometimes these angels were disguised as not really nice people. Those were the most problematic ones. It would take me years, well into my 40’s, before it became clear to me that our greatest lessons are delivered by those who challenge us the most. In 2012, I was in a life class, teaching me my last lesson in letting go when it comes to relationships and my need to be surrounded by friends.

Touched By Angels

This story about angels and their disguises was shared on my Facebook page on this very day in 2012.  I was grappling with the unveiling of the people who once presented themselves as well-meaning and thoughtful. An angel quietly came by and reminded me that:

  1. Sometimes the people who you think “would not” will.
  2. The people who you expect nothing from gives the most,
  3. Friends, lovers, even family members might promise much but a stranger will give the most in your time of need.
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Angels everywhere

This leads me to ask whether you were like me and a huge fan of “Touched by an Angel?” Well, I met Mona, my own personal Mona, on that December 7 wintry day in Toronto, Ontario.  She appeared to me that evening after I had left work in my new city. Except for the angels who led me to this city, I knew no one else. It was truly a struggle settling down and finding a job. I was kicked out from where I was originally invited to stay by an “angel” less than a week before Christmas. Another one abandoned me, only offering shelter for one night.

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Living On The Edge

My only resort was to rest my eyes a couple of nights in a coffee shop. My few belongings were stored while I searched for an affordable room (I could not afford anything more than that). I found one but after paying the deposit and first month rent, there was only few dollars left in my purse. Needing to fill my prescription, I made a plan how best to stretch the money left until pay-day. Maybe, just maybe, I could buy some groceries as well. Part of that planning included mapping out the bus route in my new neighbourhood.

In Toronto a bus ticket is good for two hours and only along the same direction. So, I had to make sure that both the pharmacy and grocery store were along the route home. The plan then was to fill my prescription and pick up a few grocery items while there and only enough that I could comfortably carry. On my way to work, I noted that one of my bus options passed by the South exit of the Wal-Mart/Mall parking lot.

“Great,” I thought. I got the times for the bus and figured I could make the 7:00 or the 7:42 bus that evening.

Wal-Mart Will Always Get Me

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Department store giant – Wal-Mart

Well, I do not know about anyone else but Wal-Mart is my nemesis!

Worse yet, Christmas was coming and, although it was going to be spent alone, the spirit of the season always nips me. My personal long bag that I used daily went MIA soon after entering the store. I came out that Saturday evening laden with five Wal-Mart “scandals” (that is what we call plastic bags in Jamaica)!

No, I did not spend a lot of money – C$30 or so which was within the budget I had planned for potential grocery.  Furthermore, quite a few things were on sale.  Instead of passing them by, I shifted and stretched my minimal budget even further.

Did I mention that it was raining? And this is no ordinary rain – it was icy rain. Thankfully, I was well bundled up and wearing the heaviest Lugz boots ever made. It was a throw-over from my winters in Alberta that I had brought along with me to Toronto.

Angels In Parking Lots

I trudged across the main road. Unlike on my island home, here in North America these main roads can be quite wide. To make matters worse, it was pitch dark at 6:15 p.m. as if it was midnight. What I thought was a simple cut across the mall parking lot was looking to be more like a marathon. My knees were giving out with the onset of my winter arthritis. I was exhausted having worked a long shift for the sixth day in a row and from wearing those heavy boots. So, I decided to ask a passerby whether I was going the right way.

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Parking lot angels

Now, those of you who live in North America or travel here, know that North Americans walk very quickly and hold their heads straight. I had to rush after her, yelling, “Hi, hello, excuse me, Miss!”

She stopped and turned to me. I asked if she knew the way to the street that I wanted. She oriented herself and said, “Yes, you need to go across there,” all the while looking down at my many bags.

It seems to me she did not notice anything other than my bags. The next thing I knew she was saying, no, ordering me to get in her car.

“What, what? No, that’s not necessary,” I spluttered.

She would have none of it and slightly nudged me towards her SUV.

Paying It Forward

To cut a long story short, I quickly realised that the bus stop was 15 minutes away walking. When we got there, this angel said, “Heck, I am on the road already, where exactly do you live?”

Now, let us be clear that I am not suggesting or even recommending, one, that you get into any stranger’s car. Two, I am not recommending you let them drive you home. Having said that, in that moment I felt safe enough to do both. She drove me to my door. Just like another angel who I met less than a couple of weeks before, she said to me “Someone did this for me in the past and you will do this for someone one day.”

I wanted to hug her but held back due to the North American sensibilities that do not necessarily allow such display. So expressing my gratitude by her overwhelming kindness, I said to her “I hope you don’t mind my saying this but may God bless and keep you!”

She laughed and said “I don’t mind at all.” That is how I knew for sure she was one of the angels!


Share Your Angels

subscribeHave you met angels recently? Did you immediately recognize them? Share your story with me in the comments below. Also, subscribe and receive a weekly update of our posts. Check out last year’s Christmas posts, including those from our Contributors.

Have a great rest of the day and may God/Source/The Creator/Allah/Life (whatever name you choose) bless and keep you and yours throughout this season and the rest of 2016!

Namaste

Claudette P. Esterine
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68 thoughts on “Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. We should all strive to give and be someone’s angel.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome and yes, we could all strive to be Earth Angels! 🙂 Thanks for the visit Danay.

  2. Se manifique! such a touching and thought provoking post! the feels..
    My big sister is the true angel in my life she lifts my up and believes in me especially when i dont believ in my self. She pushes me to achieve and do more everytime i falter.

  3. I believe I ma one of the luck many that has read this story 12 months down the road….has something changed? I sure believe so. And while I do agree, its always our inner man that allows us to trust a total stranger in some cases and not in others!

    Again I ma touched as I was last year. I am glad you are in a better place Claudette 🙂
    It well and may God Bless and keep you! 🙂
    J Sylvia

  4. Angela Key Milnes

    What a nice post and I’m so happy to look my angel in my life

    1. Ms Claudette

      And your name is that of “Angel” Angela – how wonderful!

  5. Thank you for sharing this post. I have never met an angel (that I know of) but I do believe they are amongst us.

  6. lovely post which is giving hope that people can be good:) I met couple for angels in my life

  7. I am going through a move right now, and the kindness of a special lady right now is much appreciated. We’ve met before, but since this moving process, she has been the one there for me the most. Ensuring my kids are ok, bringing us food since our things are being packed and shipped. Those that said they would be around haven’t. It’s those you least expect that shine through.

  8. [ Smiles ] I have been fortunate to meet a few angels in my lifetime.

  9. I have been blessed with many angels in my life. i wish the same for everyone.

  10. A very touching post that goes to show that kindness goes a long way.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for seeing the deeper meaning Chloe. 🙂

  11. That’s all quite touching. There are still many kind sounds around and they keep our spirits up and inspire us to also do good for others! It’s so touching to experience that kindness yourself, you’ll feel compelled to spread it to others around you!

  12. Love this! Angels are always lurking where you least expect them 🙂

  13. I love this post.. most people are in terrible moods this holiday season… and this is a great idea to turn it around..

  14. Myteenguide

    You have so wonderful stories! These is really inspiring and i love those angels in your life. Thanks for sharing this it’s really great post.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for such wonderful words! 🙂

  15. I don’t know that I’ve met one (at least I haven’t known about it) any chance to help someone out is a chance that should be taken. you never know how much it could really be helping that person out

  16. Awe I love this post… I’m always looking for the angels in my life. Thanks for posting!

    xoxo
    Tyler
    http://www.feeltheesunlight.com/

  17. I have been lucky to experience great kindness from many strangers.

    1. Ms Claudette

      When we keep an open mind and heart, we do recognize the beauty in these meetings. Thanks for sharing Holly! 🙂

  18. Angela Zimsky

    It’s hard not to believe that Angel’s do exist.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are so right, Angella! 🙂

  19. This is very beautiful. I love it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that you did Adriana! 🙂

  20. What a great story! And, you’re right – it’s timeless!! I hope you run into another angel or two this holiday season!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hope so too Becki! 🙂

  21. I have had a lot of angels in my life and when I think about all of them and the situations I have been rescued from, I feel immensly greatful.

  22. This is so fantastic! I believe angels are all around us.
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  23. Thank you for sharing this! I have been helped out by some kind strangers recently, and I realise I need to pay more attention to what’s going on around me in case someone else needs help.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are welcome Angela and we all can pay more attention! 🙂

  24. […] days before, on December 7, I wrote the post “Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?”, which was the second most visited post of the week. In it, I told the story of how I met an angel […]

  25. Rosey

    My son recently stopped to help a very elderly lady pick up her coupons she’d dropped. She told him, ” i was praying for an angel to come.” Every day I pray to be blessed and be a blessing to others. I pray it for my children too. 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      What a lovely story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  26. What gets me is people that complain when I am showing hospitality and say that the person on the receiving end is just taking advantage.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You will know when people are taking advantage of you. When you are doing more than others will do for themselves then maybe they are right but only you can be the judge of that. 🙂

  27. This is touching. Angels come in all forms. I need to be better about helping others. I’ve been helped by so many in so many ways.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for reading Sojourner and please do share with me when you get your wings – so to speak! 🙂

  28. Angels is an the form of person too. Those kindhearted person would be considered as Angel 🙂

    1. Ms Claudette

      Absolutely, Nicole, absolutely! 🙂

  29. Every time I meet kindhearted person I see it as angel sent by heaven to spread love and happiness . Also baby is a precious angel as well.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I so agree with you about those small angels we call babies! They are the best! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  30. I’m so glad that you met one, I think I met my angel but I can’t remember lol.

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! They are all around so you will meet another one Lexie! 🙂

  31. Angie@chasingmyhalo

    I got lost in this story, and for a moment forgot I was reading a blog! Lovely! I think there are more angels among us than we know:-)

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is such a sweet compliment! Thank you so much And yes, I would agree that there are so many angels among us. 🙂

  32. Laurie

    This was very touching to read. There are so few “angels” out there

    1. Ms Claudette

      On the contrary, there are many angels out there but we have to be receptive to them. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  33. There are so many angels out there. You are so right when you said it’s the people who you expect nothing from that gives the most.

    1. Ms Claudette

      They are the ones! It’s just as they say that “poor” people are the kindest! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by!

  34. Maybe I a being forward Claudette but have you considered writing a book. Heck I will buy it if you do. You have such a way with words, You tell a story to The soul. I literally was glued to the post till the end. I felt like It should go on. aah It should have gone on…:)

    I have met many angels. One was a police officer whom under normal circumstances I would have avoided at all costs. This time he was an angle and sent us on our 6 hrs drive to Liverpool on a motorway in the night and said dont stop whatever you do…guess what the car was doing…20miles per hour…on a 70 miles per hour road…It had a broken catalytic converter.

    1. Ms Claudette

      LOL! No, you are not being forward. I have been told to write a book for ages now. I will get to it one of these days. I am so glad to hear about your experience with the police officer. This is what I am talking about – angels appear in many forms and we often don’t expect the ones dressed like people we tend to stay away from to be kind and helpful! I am so glad you listened. Namaste 🙂

  35. What a warm kindness she extended to you when you so needed it. I hope we all get the chance to do this for someone in some shape or form.

    1. Ms Claudette

      it was a great kindness that she did not have to do! Yes, we can only hope that we see the opportunity to help and take it. Thanks for stopping by again. 🙂

  36. I love finding little opportunities to make a difference. What a great post!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It is such sheer joy when we can – isn’t it? Thanks for dropping by dear! 🙂

  37. Elizabeth O.

    Those are amazing stories. Angels are definitely around to guide us and give us that little support we always needed, we don’t realize it until we’re actually experienced it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      No, we often do not realize the angels we are entertaining. Maybe they prefer it that way because we would get kinda weird?! LOL Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  38. Such a heart warming story. I am sure everyone has a story but I am always willing to listen. God knows what he’s doing and his timing is always perfect. I have been in some many situations where that was proven time and time again. Thank you for sharing this wonderful. I am sure others, like myself will have hope that there is “an angel” out there for them.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you for your visit and indeed Life never leaves us without help. Namaste

  39. What a wonderful story. I think we all need to be like angels and help others.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you Tara! 🙂 Indeed we all can be angels and help each other out.

  40. Fantastic…each day as I go about my business I ask to an angel to someone. I have met many angels in my lifetime but one in particular that I will never forget is my primary school teacher Mrs, Learner Sudlow…where I am today is thanks to her quick thinking of realizing I was talented but my parents were struggling. I continue to play this forward because I know what a blessing she was to me. Oh that we would be angels daily to those who we come in contact with.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Like you, I grew up extremely humbly and there were many angels who laid out blessings for me along the way. Life’s roads have been many and I have continued to encounter angels. What I have learned is this – the more kindness I offer to others, the more angels turn up in my experience. So, no matter how little it might seem, I still give it. That it might be a smile, a cup of tea, a a pricey gift or just to sit and hear you out. I am not a Christian but I believe in Jesus’ teachings and much of the wisdom in sacred texts like such as the bible. The story of the widow’s mite is a powerful one about giving and sharing, being an angel, with whatever you have. Thanks as always for visiting! 🙂

  41. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have never met one (that I know), but I have had the chance to be someone’s angel a few times and it f

    1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

      Got cut off. It feels good!

      1. Ms Claudette

        Doesn’t it just? Since that time, I have been ever so mindful to be kind to people. I am no angel but I try to mimic one as best as possible with what I have. Thank you for sharing Robin and persisting even when you get cut off! 🙂

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