Do You Believe In Angels?


No, not the new-age “fairy creatures with wings who spread pixie dust” type belief in angels, but the real honest to God people who are placed next to you in times of crisis?

Let me share a story with you and maybe it will help you decide.

My daughter Emma was referred to the hospital yesterday by her GP as an emergency and she needed an urgent operation to prevent sepsis. She had an abscess that had grown suddenly over a couple of days on her tailbone – very painful and quite dangerous if it had been left. She had it before about 2 years ago and the scar tissue from that operation made this one a bit more tricky, so when it started to appear last Thursday we were on alert for it getting to the point where she needed medical intervention.

She went to the walk-in centre on Saturday to get some antibiotics to try and stave off another operation (not the nicest of procedures for a 19yr old girl to go through) but yesterday the abscess had developed to such a stage that it was affecting her ability to walk properly and she had a fever – a sign that the infection had transferred into her body. She saw the family doctor first thing in the morning yesterday who immediately referred her to the hospital.

We got to there at about 10am and we reported to the Surgical Triage Unit as per instructions and waited for the doctor to come and tell us what was going to happen. The staff there were brilliant, really calming and professional and nothing was too much bother for them. The nurse who was assigned to Emma was fantastic. So soothing and caring, she was wonderful. She confirmed what the GP had said and told us the doctor needed to see it. A little while later the senior doctor came and had a look at it and confirmed what the nurse had said, and said the surgeon needed to see it but we had to wait because he was in theatre at the time and he would be down asap.

Sure enough the surgeon appeared a little while later and examined Emma, and told us that he needed to remove it urgently and she was going to be put to the top of the list because of the level of infection etc.

It all happened a bit quick after that and it was a bit bewildering to be honest. I had accompanied Emma to the hospital because Kevin couldn’t get out of work to come with us, so when she was being prepped for surgery and being taken down to the theatre I was on my own with her. I’m not a person to be scared of being alone, in fact I relish being on my own sometimes, but this was different. My daughter was about to have emergency surgery and I was using all my strength and presence of mind to be calm and reassuring for her, but inside I was in a numb panic.

At precisely the time I was asked to leave so they could take her in, which was the time when I felt the most alone and scared, my old friend Matt (who works at the hospital) appeared in the corridor next to me.

Precisely the time I was at my most bewildered and alone, my friend was suddenly there. Coincidence? Or divine intervention? I believe placement of a friend at the time of crisis to me is the placement of an angel by God, and it was proved to me yesterday with the appearance of Matt.

It only took a few words of comfort and a squeeze of the hand to make me feel a million times better, but without him there at that exact time I’m not sure how I would have coped waiting for Emma to come out of theatre.

It could be argued that seeing as though he works at the hospital the chances of me bumping into him would have been pretty high, but the hospital is a huge place and his job takes him all over it. His responsibilities take him to other hospitals in the Trust as well, so to be at that hospital, in that corridor, at that time, in the moment of crisis….? Nope, to me, that was not coincidence. That was God at work. And yes, I believe in angels.

The outcome of the operation was very successful. Emma spent the night on the ward and was able to come home this afternoon. She is actually lay on the settee next to me propped up with cushions, our comfort blanket (the one we always pull out when we’re ill) and several doses of strong painkillers. And of course she has my support and my help for bringing cups of tea and plates of toast etc! She will have to have the dressings changed every day for the next few days and then every other day after that. They excised some tissue as well as the infection, and because the wound is so deep it is packed with ribbon and not stitched, so it has to be repacked and redressed to promote healing from the inside out. It’s too deep to be allowed to heal from the outside in because it will get reinfected again straight away. She will have to have another small operation in a few months to deal with the scar tissue but it won’t be as invasive as this one was thank God.

So what do you think? Have I convinced you about the work of angels? Or are you of a scientific mind and believe that things like this are all down to coincidence? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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About Pam Smith

I am a Christian and currently exploring vocation. I am a writer, I conduct a brass band, I am an avid reader and when I'm not doing any of those things I crochet with a fierce passion. I am mum to two fantastic young adults, celebrating my Silver wedding anniversary in 2016 with my husband. I recently gained my Bachelor of Arts with honours.
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12 Responses to Do You Believe In Angels?

  1. mairedubhtx says:

    Yes, I believe in angels, people God puts in our lives when we need them just exactly when we need them. It has happened to me too many times to be coincidence, in situations similar to yours. Your experience is similar to those I’ve experienced. Yes, there truly are angels.

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  2. Mother passed a month ago. I was her home hospice nurse. Near the end she broke threw the morphine and with one foot on the other side to tell me she loved me. Half and hour after she died a tear formed and fell from her left eye. I believe in angels. Mother is one.

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  3. Maxi says:

    You have my total support on this issue, Pam. I have always believed there are everyday people who are angels – there for us in times of need. So glad you had an angel by your side at the hospital.
    Blessings ~ Maxi

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  4. dderbydave says:

    I believe in a “balance” which exists all around us. Not a God or angels as such but a sense to everything. Kharma if you like? I find that if you just call some things coincidence, you feel a gap in the explanation. Mum was on a train in North Wales years ago after I’d spoken to her and mentioned in passing that my mate Mike’s mum was in hospital and they couldn’t get in touch with him (before mobiles). Her train stopped in a station and another train stopped going the other way. As the trains slowed in the window opposite was … you guessed it, Mike! She quickly stood up and passed him the “message” (old trains had openable windows). Absolutely amazing! He completely freaked as he’d gone to Wales on a whim with a new girlfriend and caught the train on impulse for a day out. His train pulled out after a minute or so making the meeting almost impossible. Almost.

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  5. oh my gosh – what you have been through – my prayers go out to you and your daughter though you may not need them, as yes, I do believe your friend was sent as your angel–

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  7. Yes, most definitely. Some call it synchronicity.

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  8. pattisj says:

    I believe in angels, too.

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  9. Yes, I do. Hope that Emma’s recovery is smooth and fast! Praying for her.

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    • sterlingsop says:

      Thank you. She’s doing very well just now thanks. The nurse has visited her for the past two days at home to change the dressings but she’s ok to be left until Sunday now, so that’s a good sign that she’s healing well and is on the road to recovery.

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  10. auntyuta says:

    It’s truly wonderful when someone appears in our greatest time of need. Of course you feel as though an angel appeared sent from God. We shouldn’t deny these feelings. These feelings make us human. To express them we say an angel was sent. Angels are all around us because good people are all around us.
    Best wishes for Emma. And thanks so much, Pam, for sharing! Your writing is inspirational.

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    • sterlingsop says:

      I’m so glad for this blog Uta because it means we can share our lives and our views and experiences on it knowing that we speak the same things. I’m honoured and touched by you saying you find my writing inspirational, thank you so much.

      And yes, Emma is doing fine now thank you. She is healing quite well and she is in less and less pain each day which is wonderful to see. I’ve passed on your best wishes to her and says “thank you Uta!”.

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