A number of years ago, my husband had to undergo a major surgery. It was a bit daunting (to say the least) at the time however as many of us know - in times like this we simply know that something must be done and so we ready ourselves as much as we can, keep our faith and trust in our Angels.
The day of the surgery, my husband (and I!) was a little nervous (as he would be) however he knew that he had a wonderful surgeon at one of the best hospitals and so he...and WE in general were feeling confident and positive overall.
The surgery went well and I was so happy to see him and spend time with him afterwards. I knew that before long into the evening I would have to return home to our boys. They were just 7 & 8 at the time and while my mom was caring for them after school...I needed to be there for them also.
I was nervous and very sad leaving my husband John for the night. I knew he was in serious pain and just wanted to be there for him. As I left his room, I asked the Angels to be with him to heal him and comfort him.
Very early the next morning, I arrived and while John was clearly still recovering - his spirits were up and he looked very well rested.
The morning nurse came into the room and my husband said 'Oh, I wanted to know if the nurse who was on last night was still around?'
The nurse replied, 'I'm afraid that she has gone already'
John said, 'I wanted to thank her for all the time she spent with me through the night. I was awake I think almost every hour last night and every time I woke up she was sitting right there in that chair by the door. I couldn't make out her face and she was very quiet - I know she didn't want to disturb me - but I was glad she was there. Not too many people would think to or even be able to spend that much time with one patient.'
The nurse looked at John and said 'I'm sorry but no, she definitely wouldn't have been able to do that. We have many patients on this floor and the most we can all manage time-wise is to check in periodically...maybe you were dreaming?'
My husband smiled and looked at me and said, 'No, I wasn't dreaming'.
This is our 'secret story' and I thought to share it now as each and every time I tell this story I do so with pure awe and immense gratitude.
Our Angels are ALWAYS there for us. Particularly when we are in pain, suffering, feeling vulnerable and in need of comfort.
Even and especially when we can't SEE them...we can always feel them - TRUST that they are with you today and every day.