Sometimes you only need one angel. Sometimes you need a whole family of them. Last week I went for my walk in Hermann Park a little later than usual. It was a bit hotter at noon, but that didn’t deter me. I put my earbuds in and let the dance music fill my ears to give me inspiration and energy to walk in the heat.

Since it was lunchtime, I noticed there were a few more people in the park. One family in particular caught my attention. It was a mom, a dad, their two elementary school-aged children, and a baby in a stroller. They were standing on the path about ten feet in front of me when all of a sudden each one put their hand out in front of them like a traffic cop signaling me to stop! (Okay, the baby didn’t, but everyone else did.) It seemed like an odd gesture to make to a stranger, but the frightened expressions on their faces told me it would be in my best interest to stop. I looked around for a snake or a rabid raccoon just as the little train that takes guests on a scenic tour of the park came out from behind the bushes right in front of me. Had I taken one or two more steps onto the railroad tracks that separated me from that family, I would have walked right into the train.

Now in my defense, that train usually isn’t running yet when I take my morning walk. I didn’t hear the whistle because I was listening to my music. After the train had passed and my heart resumed a normal rate, I thanked the family for saving my life. They laughed. True, I probably wouldn’t have died that day, but I could have been badly hurt had they not been there at that exact moment. Indeed, they were a family of angels.

That incident left me feeling unsettled but grateful. It reminded me that I am protected and guided in every moment, even when I’m not paying attention. Not that this is an excuse to be careless, but it feels good to know that no matter where I am or what’s going on, there is a Presence watching over me. I know the same is true for you, and you will feel much more peaceful if you know it too. Here is a beautiful suggestion from Lesson 183 in A Course in Miracles:

“Invite the angels to surround the ground on which you stand, and sing to you as they spread out their wings to keep you safe, and shelter you from every worldly thought that would intrude upon your holiness.”

If you need some assistance in getting in touch with your angels or a sense of safety and peace, consider signing up for my Life Coaching program called “The Pathway to Peace.” By the end of our 8-week journey together, you will have acquired an entire toolbox of spiritual tools with which to use whenever you feel unsafe or stressed. Please look around my website for more information and to register for this or other Life Coaching programs.

Until next time, may you feel the presence of angels guiding and watching over you in every moment.

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