“Hi Mr. Frese, this is your neighbor, Joan, from up the street. I have your daughter with me. Don’t worry, she is fine. I just happened to be walking by the bus stop and saw her get off the bus by herself. I figured you would not want her home alone.” My jaw dropped. I had arranged for my kids to stay in the after-school program that day as I had an afternoon work meeting that prevented me from being there to get them off the bus as I normally did. With a mixture of relief and confusion, I profusely thanked her and told her I would be on my way home immediately to get her. For some reason, the school had made a mistake and sent my kindergartener home instead of keeping her at school. Just a day in the life of a single parent…
If I had not been so consumed by my anxiety and anger, I would have seen the true reality of what happened. Was it a coincidence that my neighbor just happened to be at the bus stop that day when I wasn’t? Hardly. Was it a coincidence that she was astute enough not to let a kindergartener leave the bus stop alone? I don’t think so. My daughter’s guardian angel was working overtime that day to protect her by orchestrating the help of others. Don’t let the anxieties and challenges of every day life blind you to all the supernatural help that our loving God abundantly provides. Guardian angels are standing at the ready. Call on them!
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here;
Ever this day (or night) be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.
Amen. – Guardian Angel Prayer