Friday, August 9, 2013

A guardian angel

Here's a story about a crash victim, a nineteen-year-old hit by a drunken driver, who was trapped in the front seat of her car until a "guardian angel" showed up. Quote:

"...With her vital signs failing fast, she asked rescue crews to pray with her. 

"That's when first responders say a man who looked like a Catholic priest seemed to appear out of nowhere, despite a 2-mile perimeter blocking the scene. 'He began to pray and use the anointing oil,' New London Fire Chief Raymond Reed said. 'There was a calmness that, to me, seemed to come over the entire scene.'"

Firefighters say their equipment kept failing, and that this "angel" told them to remain calm and that their equipment would now work. At that moment the neighboring fire department arrived, with tools that worked. The priest/"angel" then disappeared before anyone could speak to him. One of the responders said, "I think that this time I've actually witnessed a guardian angel at work."

I will not speculate on what actually happened here, except to remark that if he really were an angel, one would imagine he might be able to get the victim out of her car without the need for a second fire department to arrive. The article refers to his presence as a "miracle," but as far as I can tell he did nothing but pray and anoint-- the fact that the new fire department arrived at that point should surely be attributed to them with thanks, not to him. I imagine "calmness" would be expected if the people he were praying over (victims and firefighters alike) were Christian.

In short, it's fortunate that the victim happened to be Christian, so that his presence was a comfort for her, rather than more stress added to the already horrifically stressful situation. Someone of another faith, or no faith whatsoever, might have found being prayed over and anointed to be distressing rather than comforting.

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