Storm angels


snow angel I believe we are free, within limits, and yet there is an unseen hand, a guiding angel, that somehow, like a submerged propeller, drives us on.”

  ~Rabindranath Tagore


My friend Maria, bored from too much time alone home sick earlier in the week, offered to come help me organize my Newburyport condo during our recent Boston snowstorm.

Little did Maria know that readying my home for the new year was one of my goals for the weekend ahead.

Plus, I was hoping to immerse myself in a few DVD’s of Masterpiece Theatre’s Emmy® Award-winning drama, Downton Abbey.  I wanted to catch up on past episodes of the show as the new season was beginning on Sunday.  Yet, I could not get my DVD player to work properly.  Maria is a mechanical genius.

Maria’s invitation felt serendipitous and I welcomed her help and companionship.

After an afternoon of working on my condo, and Maria fixing the DVD player, we settled in to watch the show.   Then, slowly the room became colder and colder until there was no heat in my home on the coldest night of the year amidst a blizzard.  The plumber was on an emergency call at a home with frozen pipes and my landlord could not get out of his house due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts and poor road conditions.

Simultaneously, two burners on my stove stopped working and I could not use the oven as the gas fumes that lingered for several hours the night before were too strong to feel safe.

I could feel tears of frustration welling up inside, but was so thankful not to be alone during this temporary crisis.  The heat magically returned briefly five minutes before the plumber finally arrived, only to stop working again a few minutes after he left.  Then, with a touch of the thermostat and a wiggle of wires by Maria, the heat miraculously started again and lasted through the night.  Still, it was a long, cold five hours.

Several years earlier, I had another scary night during a storm when I was home alone with my son and the basement flooded to the level of the boiler, creating a dangerous situation.  Ironically, a serviceman named “Angel” arrived at 2 a.m. and bailed out the water and repaired my sump pump. He refused to accept any payment.

Walking alone the next morning–still rattled slightly from the storm and indulging briefly in a pity party of “why me” when I love my new home so much–I heard these words whispered silently from my inner guidance and connection to Source:  “You have always had angels through the storms of life.”

And each time I found a new angel, I know it was because I accepted a new person with openness, anticipating there was something to be learned from one another.

I also listened and allowed in help from another, knowing that I do not have to do it alone any longer to prove my competency.

Besides, sharing is so much more fun.  Maria and I are now laughing about the challenges of the cold night, feeling blessed that with the passing storm, a new friendship was deepened.



1.  I allow myself to be fully supported and helped as needed.

2.  I allow myself to know I am never alone.

3.  I allow myself to welcome in new people with openness and kindness.


Beth Shedd’s midnight blizzard photo reminds us to be on the watch for angels in our lives at ALL times of the day and in ALL situations. Beth loves to photograph things that evoke an optimistic perspective. 






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  • Susan says:

    Thank you I love my angels as well.
    You are truly blessed with so many wonderful friends and angels.
    Stay warm

    • Gail says:

      Susan: So glad you can feel the angels in your life as well. Wishing you many blessings in 2014…and always:) Gail

  • Isn’t life amazing? I came home last night, after attending a wake, concerned about the potential ice on my deck……an angel had salted the entire area and the walk way to where I park my car.
    Thanks or the gratitude reminder…..

    • Gail says:

      Ann Marie: What a perfect example…and after a wake, no less. It seems the more we are “there” for others, the more others are “there” for us in those trying moments of need. Gail

  • Dick Joseph says:

    Hi Gail,
    Great blog – as usual. My mother – who had 13 of us brats and who went to church daily – had a different twist of the same theme. She always said, “No matter how bad things get, God steps in when you need him most.” I have been to the breaking point many times in my life and, out of nowhere, one of the “angels” you speak of appears to rescue me. It is truly remarkable.
    Thank you again.

  • Linda says:

    Oh, where would we be without our Angels! I recently experienced my Angel help my husband and I with a situation that we had been struggling with for a few months and didn’t know what else we could do. Both of us, on the day we were needing a solution to come forth called out to our Angels, separately, not knowing the other was doing this, and within an hour the problem was handled!
    I bless my Angels, everyday!

    So glad your Angels took care of you!

    • Gail says:

      What a great story, Linda. Thanks for sharing…and your kind words about those angels who take care of all of us:)

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