Angels Among Us *Open Thread*

May 25, 2017 by

Monday night in Manchester, UK, brought us yet another terror attack at the hands of an Islamic jihadist. This 22 year old barbarian, Salman Ramadan Abedni, purposely targeted young people, children, attending an Ariana Grande pop concert. He intentionally drove them straight into a sophisticated bomb designed to inflict the most damage to the young people and their parents leaving what was surely an enjoyable event. Tragically, 22 people are now dead, including an 8 year old girl, and many more are injured as a result of this suicide terrorist.

If you want to read more about the attack about Abedni, his father (apple didn’t fall far from the tree), and more about this horrifying event in general, you can do so here.

7540145f205c4f40d2416bd56507bd4dBut Abedni is not the focus of this post, not by a long shot, no.  Rather, I want to tell you about a few people from that horrifying night, angels among us, whose actions went above and beyond in a major fashion.

There were others that fateful night whose actions stood in stark contrast to the hate and evil that was unleashed that night. People whose quick thinking and compassion were on full display.  And thank heavens for them. How much worse would this have been without people like them.

But these people about whom I want to tell you are something special.

First up is an incredible woman, Paula Robinson, whose actions provided aid and comfort to a number of young people following the blast. Faithwire has the story:

[…]

Thanks to the efforts of a 48-year-old woman who was at a nearby train station, she was able to swoop in and help 50 teenage girls that were separated from their friends and families in the chaos that ensued from the deadly attack.

Paula Robinson was at a Manchester train station that neighbors the arena with her husband when she felt an explosion. Immediately after the blast, Robinson’s motherly instincts kicked into high gear, and she ran out of the train station to get “the teens to run with [her],” UNILAD reported.

When dozens of teen girls came running out of the arena, Paula Robinson acted as their guardian angel and helped guide them to safety.

After taking the kids to a nearby hotel, Robinson shared her phone number on social media, asking parents to reach out to her directly to retrieve their children. […]  (Click here to read the rest.)

Can you just imagine the terror that must have struck these parents hearing, feeling, and/or seeing the blasts occur right where their children were? They must have been HORRIFIED, just beyond themselves with fear that something had happened to their children. For Robinson to take all of those girls under her wing and get them to safety at the local Holiday Inn was showing a love and compassion that seemed divinely inspired.

Robinson’s actions weren’t the only ones that seemed inspired from above. This story about the actions of a young homeless man are powerful indeed. Also from Faithwire:

[…] Parker was begging for change in the foyer of the arena when the explosion went off, and he described the scene to the Manchester Evening News:

“Everyone was piling out, all happy and everything else. As people were coming out of the glass doors I heard a bang and within a split second I saw a white flash, then smoke and then I heard screaming.

“It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to run back and try and help. There was people lying on the floor everywhere. I saw a little girl. I wrapped her in one of the merchandise T-shirts and I said ‘where is your mum and daddy?’ She said ‘my dad is at work, my mum is up there’.”

When help came for the little girl, Parker moved on to a woman in her 60s who had some pretty severe injuries. He held her as she breathed her last. The scene has left Parker permanently scarred:

“She passed away in my arms. She was in her 60s and said she had been with her family. I haven’t stopped crying. The most shocking part of it is that it was a kids’ concert. There were nuts and bolts all over the floor. People had holes in their back. It’s the screams I can’t get over and the smell … I don’t like to say it but it smelled like burning flesh. I don’t think anything has sunk in yet. It’s just shock.”

[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

What an angel he was to that little girl. And what an angel he was to be with the woman in her 60’s as she moved from this world to the next. What a gift he was to both of them since they were not alone during such a frightening time.

Kely BrewsterThere is one more angel about whom I want to tell you. I heard about her on the news Wednesday morning. Her name is Kelly Brewster. She was at the concert with her sister and 11 year old niece, Hollie Booth. And it is because of Brewster’s actions that Booth is still alive.  From the Daily Mail (h/t Faithwire):

[…]

Kelly Brewster, 32, courageously saved the life of 11-year-old Hollie Booth when tragedy struck during the Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Ms Brewster, from Sheffield, was at the gig with her sister, Claire and her niece.

Breaking down in tears, Hollie’s Grandmother Tracy Booth, 54, said: ‘I’m devastated about Kelly’s death. She was a hero. I would not have my granddaughter if it was not for her.’ […] (Click here to read the rest.)

This selfless act of Brewster shielding her niece to protect her is a gift beyond measure.  Both Brewster’s sister and her niece were seriously injured in the blast, but both are still alive. She is a hero to be sure. And we have one more angel up in heaven now.

Without a doubt, there are angels among us. They come in all shapes and sizes, showing up when we least expect them and need them the most.

And thank God they do. Where would we be without them?

I think the following classic sums up the gift of angels among us, both this week, and in ways great and small:

And thank God for them all…

This is an Open Thread.