Angels Among Us *Open Thread*

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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.

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17 Responses to “Angels Among Us *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thank you so much for reminding us that while hell came to Manchester – so did angels. And while hell is never far away from any of us neither are the angels.

    We know them. We talk to them. We pass them by without comment. And when the time comes, they do whatever an angel needs to do.

    Thanks so much for this post. I know that many of us are disgusted with the ugliness of the world we see daily.

    We need people like our Reverend Amy to show is the beauty that is still around us.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You are too kind, Marge, and thank you. I appreciate that!

      And yes, it is hard to remember that there is goodness and mercy around us when so much of the focus these days seems to be on the worst of humanity, incitement of anger and hostility, and a lack of care for others. To see people like Parker, a man no doubt passed by on numerous occasions by others (as the Faithwire article highlighted) leap into action to save and comfort is a great reminder that we are not in this alone.

      Thank God for that…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I can so appreciate Harsanyi’s wanting to avoid writing about Trump and Russia, so his ranking of Tom Cruise’s movies are a welcome respite from all of that: http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/25/heres-every-single-tom-cruise-movie-correctly-ranked/

  4. Cindyindie Says:

    Beautiful beautiful post! Thankyou Cuzin.

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sad but true, Marge. And then you have these bozos who continue to call for open borders. They need to put down their crack pipes or whatever it is they are smoking that enables them to make that kind of leap…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think the wind whistling through the empty space between their ears that makes them think they know what the hell they’re talking about. Katy Perry comes to mind along with the reliable celebutards like her who yap about something they know nothing about.

        Perry, for instance, the advocate of “open” borders lives behind tall walls to protect her from her fans. I doubt she can see her own hypocrisy because it’s doubtful she understand much besides the lyrics of her next song.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – love your comment, Marge. You are so right abt these “celebutards” who live in fortresses telling everyone else to what they should be subjected while they remain safe. The hypocrisy is staggering…

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Unfortunately, yes. With ISIS and other radical Islamists, no one is safe. Christians inside a church, officials in the Philippines, little kids going to a marathon, or a concert – no one is.

      With idiots like Katy Perry and her ilk around, these terrorists will continue to get cover as they continue to demand open borders and sharing the love as a way to appease these poor, misunderstood terrorists…

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I saw Sen. Sasse discussing his new book on Fox yesterday on what we need to do to have young people who are adults and not stuck in perpetual adolescence. Here, Mark Hemingway of The Federalist and The Weekly Standard takes apart a NY Times review by a reviewer who didn’t bother to read the book (!) and provides salient information abt the book:

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/05/26/senator-ben-sasses-plan-to-save-america-one-child-at-a-time

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