Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guardian Angels

Angels are divine beings which are often, but not only, associated with religion. Guardian Angels are thought to be angels which are always present with an individual, protecting them from harm and death till their decreed time. They can take many shapes and forms to serve their noble purpose, with many people narrating stories of how they were divinely guided or saved from harms way by their guardian angel. An example of such a survey is one published in TIME magazine in 2008, which provides the staggering figures that 55% of Americans believe they have been helped by guardian angels at least once in their lives.

I recently stumbled upon a heart touching story of how sometimes people or animals can appear in our lives and serve the purpose of a guardian angel, guiding us when we really need it. The author of the story is unknown, and I believe something so beautiful and original has to be a true story:

'Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each horse looks like any other horse.

But if you get a closer look you will notice something quite interesting...

One of the horses is blind.

His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made him a safe and comfortable barn to live in.

This alone is pretty amazing.

But if you stand nearby and listen, you will hear the sound of a bell. It is coming from a smaller horse in the field.

Attached to the horse's halter is a small, copper-colored bell. It lets the blind friend know where the other horse is, so he can follow.

As you stand and watch these two friends you'll see that the horse with the bell is always checking on the blind horse, and that the blind horse will listen for the bell and then slowly walk to where the other horse is, trusting he will not be led astray.

When the horse with the bell returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, he will stop occasionally to look back, making sure that the blind friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect. Or because we have problems or challenges.

He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse, being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives.'

And at other times we are the guide horse, helping others to find their way.

If you want to read more about Angels, kindly check out my blog post about them here. God bless. 

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