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#369: I Saw a Human Angel

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I had a most unusual experience this morning -- I saw an angel. Not the Biblical image of one with wings and a halo but a human angel.

I was standing in a lab waiting to have a blood sample drawn when a boy (his Mom said he was 13) began to act up. Turns out he is autistic and deathly afraid of needles. Knowing where he was raised his discomfort level and he began to misbehave. His mom tried her best to soothe and calm him but was not successful. My heart ached realizing that she and others in her situation go through this many times every day.

What could I do? I was at a loss as to how to help, if any help was wanted, other than to give the mother an understanding smile and nod.

A young man who appeared to be in his 20s came over and began talking to the boy and offered him a cup of water. The boy immediately calmed down and held out his cup for a refill. The young man and the mother began talking and he started to touch the boy on the shoulder, offering high-5s and joking with him while Mom told about how trying it was working a full-time job and being a full-time caregiver role for her son.

As I stood next to them I couldn't help overhearing the weariness in the mother's voice. After a few minutes the boy calmed down and the man said he'd be right back and went outside. Before he left he offered to help take the boy inside the exam room if the mother needed him to.

The nurse called the boy's name and he was fine until he got inside the smaller exam room and saw the needle for his blood draw. Then he came screaming back into the lobby and sat on the floor in front of the door. He refused Mom's instructions to stand up and didn't acknowledge her assurances that all would be okay.

A lady also waiting asked the young man to come back inside. He did and helped take the boy to the exam room. I heard no screams or refusals at all once they were gone and I was only a few feet away.

After his procedure, the boy and his mother came back through the lobby to leave. The man walked out with them and waited as the boy was seatbelted into his seat in the car. They waved and Mom drove off.

They called me then for my appointment so I never had a chance to express my amazement to the young man for how well he related to the boy. I regret I didn't have that opportunity.

But as I walked to my car I was convinced this young man will be blessed in his life for his caring and helpful attitude. His compassion and the way he connected with the boy was inspiring to see.

I was also convinced I had seen an angel at work.
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  • LESLIES537
    emoticon I remember this blog! I loved this story and am convinced you saw an angel too!
    3728 days ago
    Thanks for sharing that inspiring story Lou. It is refreshing to hear of a good deed someone has done as we get too much of the bad stuff on the News. Joy
    3888 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story with us.GOD bless.
    3889 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story.

    3889 days ago
  • MUSIC66
    great story .
    3889 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2702433
    Love this story.
    3889 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    Such a sweet story, thanks for sharing with us Lou. Angels exist in various forms :)
    3889 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    That is simply awesome. Thanks for sharing this story of kindness. emoticon
    3889 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    Great blog, Lou! I wonder how and why that fellow was able to connect... Your guess is that he was being used in an angelic manner.
    May we all surrender to that opportunity! "Here I Am, Lord!"

    3890 days ago
    emoticon Lou! That young man was definitely a human angel! When I watched my son Wesley and his wife Tammie take care of my grandson Nicholas (he is autistic) I truly believe that there are special angels that God made available to them. Nicky's counselors, teachers, and just the people that come up and help Tammie and Wesley sometimes (Just like the young man at the lab) have a special heart. emoticon I Thank God for giving us Nicky and have watched the struggle his parents have sometimes,but I truly am thankful for all the human angels that have helped my son and daughter-in-law. Nicky is a blessing! emoticon
    3890 days ago
    Lou, as I read this story, a verse came to mind:
    Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2

    I have no way of knowing if this was an angel, or simply someone who was in the right place at the right time, who reached out with compassion and love. Whichever it was, it must have been a marvelous sight to see, and I know this story is one I will not forget.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.
    3890 days ago
  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    That is awesome! It takes a special person to do that.

    My daughter has worked with autistic children for several years now. Last year she worked at an autism camp for boys 12 - 21. (They can never get enough male counselors so they hire females too). She got decked by a 21 year old and just got back up, shook it off, and continued to care for him. When I asked her about it, her response was, "I LOVE those kids and I'm going to just keep loving them no matter what happens." She's one tough little girl who wears a big, big halo... I'm very proud of her.

    3890 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3011801
    It is so touching these moments of compassion.I have had these experiences myself and i thank God for them.God gives you what you need when you need it.Lisa
    3890 days ago
    what a beautiful story. thanks for sharing that. gave me goosebumps.
    3890 days ago
    That is awesome!!!! What a great story!

    There are some amazing people in this world.

    3890 days ago
    Oh, to be such a conduit for the compassion and peace of God. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story, Lou.
    3890 days ago
    It sure sounds as if the young man was a blessing to the family. Thanks for sharing!!!
    3890 days ago
    I loved this blog! That young man was a angel today. emoticon emoticon
    3890 days ago
    Wow ! I have read some of your blogs. You have an incredible gift for writing. Just looked at your home page oops you are a writer emoticon
    3890 days ago
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