Sunday, February 6, 2011

Do You Believe in Angels?

We seem to have an innate need to believe in benevolent beings and a mystical realm beyond what we experience in our everyday lives here on earth. For thousands of years, people around the globe, from myriad cultures and belief systems, have sought and received assistance from heavenly helpers. Today, when so much of our world seems baffling, overwhelming, or totally out of control, perhaps it’s no coincidence that angels seem to be showing up in large numbers to guide us on life’s perilous journey.
In 2008, the Washington Post conducted a poll of 36,000 adults from various religious and nonreligious backgrounds. It found that most Americans think angels actively participate in our lives, and more than 80 percent believe miracles occur.

Angels, it seems, can and do appear to all sorts of people––even nonbelievers. In fact, they may be present in our lives all the time, holding our hands, watching our backs, and whispering in our ears. If F. Forrester Church, author of Entertaining Angels, is right, “Every moment of every day is riddled by their traces.”

In my forthcoming book, The Angels Among Us, nearly 100 people contributed stories of their personal experiences with angels. Not only that, they took astonishing and beautiful photographs of the angels, which are included in my book. Seeing angels, they say, strengthened their faith––and in some cases changed their lives forever.

Thousands of people around the world have photographed what they think are angels––the website is a great place to see lots of amazing and thought-provoking pictures. Countless other people say they’ve experienced angelic contacts of some kind. You, too, may have encountered an angel, you just didn’t realize it at the time. Perhaps an angel is hovering beside you at this very moment. (Excerpted from my book The Angels Among Us, soon to be published by David & Charles Publishers, Ltd.)

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