Angels We Have Heard

angels kissingAccording to Luke, angelic voices sang the birth of the world’s saviour over two thousand years ago.  The story is lovely, whatever your personal beliefs:  an infant born in a cave among the animals, the shepherds awed by the heraldry, the wise men’s travel from afar to see a miracle.

Whatever an angel means to you – a loved one, long gone; God’s winged creature protecting you; a symbol of hope, love and charity – angels surround us every day.

It’s easiest for me to see angels in the faces of children, innocent and untouched as yet by life’s trials and travails.  I think that’s why infants and toddlers are my favorite stage of children’s development, but I couldn’t resist putting my favorite Winchester boy posed as an angel in this blog (see below).

I also see angels around me in my everyday life – doctors without borders who risk their lives in dangerously pandemic parts of the world, the always-faithful soup kitchen workers, teachers who dedicate their lives because they belief in the future of our youth, parents who sacrifice so their children will have better opportunities than they had.

Winchester Angel

The famous quote about our “better angels,” adapted by writer Aaron Sorkin in the TV drama series “West Wing,” actually came from U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s “First Inaugural Address,” on Monday, March 4, 1861, as the nation hovered on the brink of the Civil War.

Primarily addressing the seven states who’d already seceded from the union, Lincoln said, “I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained[,] it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

baby angel Sorkin embellished the line to say, don’t let the demons shout down the better angels in our nature.  That sentiment still resonates with me, because more than ever, we as world citizens face demons – threats and risks like never before.  Whether it’s the politics of families, nations, or ideologies, we need more than ever in our planet’s history to listen to the gentle reasoning of our “better angels.”

Many of us – readers, Bandita Buddies, and Banditas alike – faced hardships during 2014.  My wish for all of us is that 2015 will bring peace and contentment, satisfaction and hope,  globally and for our individual selves and families.

What about you, readers?  Have you felt the presence of angels in the world around you? dog angel Were they strangers, neighbors, family members, or maybe even pets?  How will you rededicate yourself to making 2015 a year when our “better angels” rule our lives and our world?


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  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, everyone! So sorry I’m a bit late getting the blog post up. I’d completed it, but forgotten to hit “publish.” Silly Grammy Jo!

    I hope you enjoy the post. Because I like to get a bit reflective at the end of a year, my posts try to show that idea of reaching for the better person inside ourselves. I know I need to work on that!

    And because I’m here, I’m going to grab that wily wooster and take him to California with me!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Jo since my mother passed away in July, from time to time I will smell roses, her middle name. I feel like she’s looking over us and trying to take care of us.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I’m so sorry, Amy. My mom passed away fifteen years ago and I still find dozens of things that remind me of her. Actually, my husband says I remind him of her, so that’s a nice compliment.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Jo

    What a lovely post and I agree with the look on childends faces they are so angelic when they are babies. I often feel that there is someone watching over us and there are lots of family members that it could be 🙂

    Seeing as I am retired now I am hoping that I will relax more and stop and smell the roses so to speak

    Have Fun

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Congratulations on your retirement, Helen. You’ll find yourself as busy as ever, probably, but your days will be filled with the things YOU want to do.

      I hope you have many years to smell those roses!

  • Jo,

    I’ve been lucky enough to have seen the angels among us on more than one occasion at the hospitals I’ve worked at. Those housekeepers who have a smile and kind word for visitors or battle weary nurses. Nurses, willing to stay late to help others or step in when a co-worker needs another pair of hands.

    Then there’s the time I had two non-corporeal angels standing at the head of a bed while I worked on a patient.

    I. Kid. You. Not.

    See, her name was Miranda and she was an OR nurse in our hospital. She was also the mother of a little girl who was a very brittle diabetic. (Meaning she needed lots of daily care.) She’d just lost her second baby very prematurely and was trying very hard to bleed to death. I was working very hard to stop that, praying she’d make it and pumping blood in as fast as I could. The surgeon refused to come back to the hospital and only the anesthesiologist was there to help. Miranda never lost consciousness. Kept talking to me the whole time. And I looked up to say something to her when her blood pressure was very, very low and there they were.

    Two angels standing at the head of the bed. They laid their hands on her and all I could do was blink.

    Then the BP machine cycled and her pressure started to rise. The bleeding slowed some, enough that we could transport her to the ICU and get some help to stabilize her. The next morning they finally got the surgeon to come in and do a hysterectomy.

    Miranda survived and went home less than a week later to take care of her daughter. We’ve kept in touch over the years.

    Yep, I believe in angels!

  • Shannon says:

    I know a lot of my medical people are angels here on earth.

    I was thinking back to when I knew someone was taking care of me. On 9/11, I was in Dubai. All flights were cancelled and the Embassy asked me to stay near the hotel. When I saw an airline stewardess checking in, I made some calls,and a bribe later I had traveled from Dubai to London. My hotel internet booking did work; I ended up with a splendid suite. I had an existing reservation on 9/18 to Dulles, which everyone told me to keep, and in the meantime to enjoy London. I had a tough time of doing that, and I found myself at St. Paul’s. During the service, the sun light came through the high windows, illuminating the mosaics. The golden halos around the saints and the angels glowed. In that moment, I knew somehow it was going to be okay.

  • Heidi Howard says:

    beautiful post! In 1974 I was in college 500 miles from home and caught a ride with a friend and a stranger. We got caught in a blizzard and our driver pulled into a rest stop. The car died. No cell phones. No one on the highway or the rest stop. So my friend and I prayed. A huge Cadillac pulled up beside us and a man in a beautiful 3 piece suit lifted the hood of the car and fixed it. He never spoke and then left. So, yes, I believe in Angels

  • What a lovely post, Jo! And you took the GR !! Way to take a hit for the team!!

    I definitely believe in angels. I was traveling in a car after going to a late night movie. I was exhausted, having worked all week, and I fell asleep. Unfortunately so did the driver! When he woke up he heard trees slapping the car and jerked the steering wheel. What he didn’t know was we had gone down and embankment. The car rolled over and over and came to rest upside down. I was hanging upside down, held in by the seat belt and he couldn’t get it to unfasten. I couldn’t wake up and then I smelled Sand and Sable. I was surrounded by it. The seat belt suddenly unlocked and I was awake. I crawled out of the car. The police and the tow truck driver said we should have died. The car was flattened. One guy said “Someone was watching over you.” My Mawmaw’s favorite scent? Sand and Sable. I believe.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      That’s beautiful, Louisa.

      And yes, I’m taking the hit with the rooster today. It’s very windy outside and he doesn’t want to go for a walk, wicked wee one!

      My dad and his parents were in a similar accident when I was about 12. I remember Dad telling the story over and over. They were all tossed from the car (no seat belts in those days), it was raining heavily and they were traveling over the Appalachians and their tiny, winding roads. Dad was sure he was going to die and lay for long hours, waiting for rescue. Mommy and Poppy were completely uninjured, however, and my Dad was in a body cast for the better part of a year.

  • Hi Jo –

    I believe in the good in people, and I believe in angels. I have a theory that when a person dies, they hang around a while watching from afar, intervening when needed, then they split apart and a little of each of them slips in with their children. That’s why as children age, they look more and more like their parents. I know I feel my mom inside me and my dad. And one day – I’ll be inside my kids. Watch out!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      What a lovely theory, Donna! I wonder what part of my mom and dad remain in me? I think my children might be afraid of this idea, though LOL. I’m pretty strong-minded.

  • Deb says:

    I hope that 2015 will bring good things. Our 2014 was good, but there have been many struggles, financially, and being a one-income family. But, then, I still believe God is good.
    I have not had the fortune of seeing an angel. Do I believe they are messengers and help in time of need? Do I believe they are amongst us? Resoundingly, I say, yes! Little things to big things that happen can be an angel helping us. My mother had a Divine moment, just days before her hysterectomy, thought at the time to be ovarian cancer. The messenger told her all would be well. And, it was.
    Thank you for the post today, Jo.

  • catslady says:

    Personally, I’ve never had any encounters but I have heard stories and I do believe anything is possible.

  • Deb says:

    An angel was certainly watching over the family of one of our Banditas. Their house is gone, but they are alive.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    I was thinking of the news story of a man and woman who “tipped” a struggling waitress whose car had finally died on her to a new car! What a generous and thoughtful idea.

    So many of us are limited in our focus that we don’t look out for the chances to be angels in someone else’s life, especially a stranger.