Do you believe in angels? Chances are you do. Know how I know? Because apparently eight out of ten Americans believe in angels. That's more than those who believe that the sun will rise tomorrow! And when you hear this story, you may start believing if you don't, and if you do, then your belief in angels will just get stronger!
So it goes like this ... A woman in Missouri gets hit head-on by a drunk driver. Her Mercedes is totally mangled and she's trapped within the wreckage. Emergency responders are trying to get her out, but she's stuck between the steering wheel and the seat and not even the many responders on the scene can get her out. Then ... the clouds parted and harps twanged. Well, not really. But they might as well have. Because suddenly a priest appeared out of nowhere on a road that had been blocked off for miles.
According to everyone on the scene, the priest suddenly appeared just as the woman stuck in the car, Katie Lenz, began to feel life slipping away from her. He had anointing oil with him and bent over Katie and told her to relax. He said a prayer. She said a sense of utter calm came over her.
And then he turned to the firefighters on the scene and told them they would now be able to get her out. Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV:
I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work, and that we would get her out of that vehicle.
That minute, a neighboring fire department arrived with the jaws of life and they were able to cut Katie from the car and free her.
Everyone turned to thank the priest but ... well, did you think he'd still be there? Of course not. Angels do their business and then move on.
Reportedly, the highway had been blocked for miles and there were no bystanders or parked cars near the accident.
Other explanation? A priest saw the blocked road, knew someone must be in trouble, and walked until he found it and did what he could to help.
BUT. This doesn't explain why no one has been able to find him. Apparently there are several Catholic churches in the area but the mystery priest has yet to reveal himself. Maybe he doesn't watch the news? Says Katie's friend, Travis Wiseman:
We're looking for the priest and so far, no one has seen him. Whether it was a priest as an angel or an actual angel, he was an angel to all those and to Katie.
Katie has several broken bones but hopes are high for her recovery. The driver of the other car has been charged with DWI and second degree assault.
Whether it were divine or human intervention, the fact remains: He was an angel. They exist! Why don't they always come when people need help? Well, who knows the answer to that question. Maybe it's time for some people and not for others. Maybe there's only so many angels to go around.
Have you ever had an angel come to your rescue?
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