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It's Just Me Again: 346 : Met Any Angels Recently?

'The Lord knows the way through the wilderness. All we have to do is follow. . . -CHUCK HINMAN
From Paul Hinman (Chuck's son)
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From Paul Hinman (Chuck's son)

It's Just Me Again. No. 346 Met Any Angels Recently
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By Chuck Hinman

What's your experience with angels? Many of you will probably reply, "Oh, Chuck, don't go off on some religious kick or we won't hear another word." Here's a true incident for your evaluation of whether an angel was involved. I vouch for the correctness of what happened.

In the last years of Connie's life and after she had full-blown Alzheimer's disease, we ate many of our evening meals at Luby's Cafeteria in Washington Park Mall here in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Connie was still able to walk and she only needed my holding her hand to lead her. Holding her hand was kind of a "two-way street." Here's what I mean. I had a stroke in 1994 which affected my stability in walking and even standing. And while I was leading an AD stricken wife, she was adding stability to my walking.

One evening after we finished eating, we were making our way to the car, exchanging greetings with our many friends along the way. Our car was parked in the handicapped parking immediately in front of Luby's.

There was a handicapped accessible sloping of the walkway over the curb. Somehow as we were negotiating this walk, one of us faltered and the other didn't have enough stability to prevent us both falling in a heap right there in the street. It was a gentle fall - both of us supporting one another as we folded up - we just sort of sat down.

Now here's what followed and you judge if an angel was involved.

Almost immediately a man appeared and said to me, "May I help you to your feet, sir?" I said "Oh yes please." I was shocked and embarrassed but not hurt in the slightest. I, in turn helped him raise Connie to her feet. She, like me, quickly regained her composure. Understand we were both near eighty years old. You can imagine my delight when he softly whispered, "May I have prayer with you?" "Please," I eagerly responded. He gently embraced us both as he prayed thanking God that we weren't hurt and asking God to be with us as we returned home. He finished by requesting there be no repercussions from the incident. I don't remember seeing him walk away.

We made our way to the car and home and there were no repercussions. It was like nothing ever happened. I have no recollection what he looked like, where he came from to help us or which way he went as he left us. I have never had a similar experience in any way.

Were we assisted by an angel with the appearance of a man? I will always think so. - CHUCK HINMAN

Received 20 January 2010, slightly edited by RHS October 2011

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