Do Guardian Angels exist?
Personally, I never gave the possibility any thought. Until an old friend told me about something that happened to him years ago that defies rational explanation.
A level-headed person who belongs to the world’s biggest unofficial religious organisation – Lapsed Catholics – he always maintained that if Guardian Angels existed, his was “permanently slouching around the back of the building, having a sly smoke!”
Then, a few months ago, a memory came back to him about something that happened in the 1970s, which has given him pause for thought.
My friend (let’s call him Jack) had been driven by a friend to a city centre car park that, although still under construction, was open to the public. Health and Safety wouldn’t allow that today.
After his friend parked on the second floor of the car park, which was almost deserted, Jack wandered over to the concrete balustrade around the edge to view the city from this new vantage point.
He then turned to go back to the car and to this day he has no idea what stopped him in his tracks. But . . . had he walked just a few inches to his right, he would have fallen more than 30 feet through an unprotected 10-foot square gap on to the rough concrete floor below. He was so shocked at the time he didn’t even tell his friend about his close call.
Some 40 years later, he can’t help but wonder how his life would have changed if he’d fallen through the gap – and what prevented him. A sixth sense? Or something else?
Even if he had survived his injuries, he probably wouldn’t have gone on to achieve the successes and failures in the career he switched to in his early 40s.
Don’t think his life has been problem-free. He’s encountered health and family problems over the years, as we all do.
Interestingly, my Lapsed-Catholic friend told me this was the first of two occasions – 20 years apart – which have only now made him wonder if his Guardian Angel had twice stubbed out his fag and paid him some attention.
Maybe I’ll tell you about the second occasion another time…
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