The biggest thing he’d like readers to take away from the story is that angels don’t always appear as the typical winged, human-like figure with a halo. Sometimes it’s just a light, sometimes it’s just the feeling of a presence. And, Peter said, he believes it can reach across all faiths.
“I hope people are aware that angels are around them. The presence of God or faith is around them at all times, (so don’t) simply look for one thing people tell you is an angel,” he said.
“I think anybody that acknowledges a higher power also acknowledges that God works in mysterious ways. No matter how you embrace a god in your life there are intercessors, there are functionaries, there are elements of that god that do things in our lives,” he added. “I think angels can appeal to anyone of faith, and even people without faith, maybe they believe it’s after-life spirits.”
Peter’s wife of 10 years, Danielle, said when she heard about this experience she was glad to know he’s a little more careful these days. The incident happened before the two met, but Danielle said she was not surprised to hear about his spiritual encounter.
“We met through Christian groups and we both have a pretty stronge sense of faith,” she said. “There are definitely things helping us out there, call them angels or call them your conscience, I suppose, but it’s a good feeling to know that not only could angels be out there looking out for you, but we’re aware of them. It makes a difference to know you’re not alone out there.”
“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among Us” is available for purchase at www.chickensoup.com. Peter’s other Chicken Soup stories are included in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings,” published in 2009; and “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey,” published in October 2011.
Peter and Danielle run a Niagara region tourism company called Encounter Niagara, more information on which can be found at www.encounterniagara.com.
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