I have had a few encounters with, what I believe to be, angels. The most eye-opening meeting happened when I was around 22 or 23. Me and a friend of mine went out to the night clubs the previous evening and my car failed to start at the end of the night. I left the car there and my friend and me arranged a ride home. I go to the parking lot the next day to tend to my car and get it up and running. While I was under the car, a man walked up to me and started talking to me. The area I was in is not the good part of town, but even less so when you are by yourself. So, I was cautious and kept a good size wrench in my hand or very close to me at all times.

This man was probably upper 50’s in age and looked a bit rough around the edges by the clothes he was wearing. He followed me around the car as I moved to work under the hood and back down under the car again. He was talking about his family. How he hasn’t seen his children and years and has never seen his grand kids. I stopped what I was doing and listened to this man pour out his feelings about how much he loved his kids and would do anything to have them back in his life. His eyes were tearing up.

I felt bad for him and I thought about my own strained relationship with my dad. We didn’t talk for many years. And we worked for the same company and would see each other many times during the day. Not many ‘hellos’ or ‘how are you doing’ when we see each other. Just ignoring.

This man that was telling me this, and crying by now, looked at me. Looked me dead in the eye and told me to cherish the time I have with my father. He told me to call him and tell him I love him because you don’t know when that opportunity will be gone. This man told me this and meant it from the bottom of his heart. Then he turned around and walked away. I stood there stunned at the revelation I just received via an emotional bazooka right to my heart.

After a minute or two of inward reflection, I looked in the direction the man had started walking and he wasn’t there. The parking lot he crossed was easily a city block across and downhill. There is no way he could have hidden from me in the short amount of time between when he left me and the moment I looked up.

To this day, he is the person I think about when I think that there is nothing anyone could do to me to make me not love them. I am slower to anger and much quicker to forgive and forget.

My dad apologised to me before this event, but I hadn’t truly forgiven him. But, I have a much better relationship with him now days. 20 years later.

This was an angel intervening when I really needed it.

Brent Burkheimer