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Toddler Says He Saw Angels
Halifax Daily News ^ | December 31, 2001 | Beth Johnston

Posted on 12/31/2001 5:59:36 PM PST by Lady In Blue


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NEWS STORY
Toddler says he saw angels
 
By BETH JOHNSTON
Gage Gabriel
 

As Gage Gabriel spent Christmas Eve shivering on a beach near his dead mother’s body, two angels floating above the waters of the Bay of Fundy smiled at him and kept him company, the toddler says.

“One of our officers was talking to him and he mentioned that he saw a couple of angels with wings on the water,” said Amherst RCMP Sgt. Dave Bogle.

“Anything’s possible, let’s face it, when you look at someone surviving a crash like that.”

Gabriel’s mother, Tobi Gabriel, was killed when her car flew off a cliff and landed on the rocky shore off Lower Cove Road near Joggins, Cumberland Co., between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. But the three-year-old survived the crash, and a cold night alone on the beach.

He had frostbitten toes and a bump on his head, but was otherwise unharmed when a neighbour found him at 9 a.m. Christmas day.

Gage said the two “angels” appeared on the water where his mother’s lifeless body floated near her overturned car.

Tobi’s grandfather, Roy Gabriel, believes the angels saved his great-grandson’s life.

“He said he saw two women in white dresses standing in the water smiling at him all night,” Roy Gabriel said yesterday.

“That’s what kept him alive. If it wasn’t for that, the boy would have died there in the rain.”

Sgt. Bogle believes Gage’s story about the angels because he hadn’t talked to any adults when he told the tale.

“It sets you back on your heels in a way. He’s three-years-old — how could he come up with this? There’s a higher body than me or you.”

Anglican minister Mel Langille wasn’t surprised to hear Gage was comforted by angels that cold, dark night.

“Angels touch people’s lives quite often at times when we are most in need,” said the minister at Holy Trinity Church in Yarmouth.

“They were comforting him and keeping him from despair, and letting him feel the warmth of God’s love.”

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1 posted on 12/31/2001 5:59:36 PM PST by Lady In Blue
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To: Lady In Blue
bump
2 posted on 12/31/2001 6:05:41 PM PST by Red Jones
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To: 2sheep; Jeremiah Jr
Gabriel sees two angels.
3 posted on 12/31/2001 6:06:44 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Lady In Blue
A grateful prayerful bump. Thank you for posting.
4 posted on 12/31/2001 6:08:31 PM PST by d4now
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To: Lady In Blue
aka "Vorlons"
5 posted on 12/31/2001 6:10:34 PM PST by rm3friskerFTN
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To: SLB ; Jeff Head
Merry New Year You two......... Stay Safe !
6 posted on 12/31/2001 6:14:44 PM PST by Squantos
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To: Lady In Blue
I'm certain that his guardian spirits were with him.
7 posted on 12/31/2001 6:18:14 PM PST by proudofthesouth
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To: Lady In Blue
I wonder if he had an inside track with a last name like "Gabriel..."

Anyway, I've talked to people who have, quite literally, seen angles --and it ususally (though not always) involves the death of a loved one.

Personally, I think this child must be marked for a special purpose in this life --he might be, to use the metaphor of the "Lord of the Rings," a type of Frodo Baggins for times ahead...we'll see....

8 posted on 12/31/2001 6:19:05 PM PST by Ronzo
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To: Lady In Blue; palo verde
Bump!
9 posted on 12/31/2001 6:25:43 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Lady In Blue
My daughter is now 37. When she was two and a half she basically drowned in the pool of a new apratment we had just move into. I found her floating face down in the pool. She had already turned purple. When I finally revived her and we took her to the hospital she seemed fine. The doctors said it was a miracle. While talking to her I said that I bet that that was a really scary experienced. She said she wasn't afraid, that Jesus had held her hand. She described him as in a white robe with long hair. At 2 1/2 she had had little or no religious education but she was very calm and confindent in what she had experienced.
10 posted on 12/31/2001 6:25:51 PM PST by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: d4now
Bump

I always love to read articles like this. Makes my faith in God stronger.

11 posted on 12/31/2001 6:28:43 PM PST by auggy
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To: Lady In Blue
Thanks for posting this story of Angels. I am a big fan of Angels and am indebted to them; for I would have left the face of this earth on any one of several occasions if not for their intercessions. Thank God for them.

Coincidentally, I was listening to "In the Arms of an Angel" by Sarah McLachlan as I read this story. It’s a song worth hearing if you haven't already.

12 posted on 12/31/2001 6:58:47 PM PST by Barnacle
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To: Lady In Blue
i used to see angels go by my house on big, loud motorcycles!
i DO believe i have a guardian angel!

{:^)

13 posted on 12/31/2001 7:03:20 PM PST by rockfish59
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To: Lady In Blue
I belive we all have angels, but we only see them when all hope is lost. I hope to see them when my time comes. We all need a little help sometimes. May God bless all on this new years eve......*smile
14 posted on 12/31/2001 7:07:08 PM PST by glasseye
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
My daughter is now 37. When she was two and a half she basically drowned in the pool of a new apratment we had just move into. I found her floating face down in the pool. She had already turned purple. When I finally revived her and we took her to the hospital she seemed fine. The doctors said it was a miracle. While talking to her I said that I bet that that was a really scary experienced. She said she wasn't afraid, that Jesus had held her hand. She described him as in a white robe with long hair. At 2 1/2 she had had little or no religious education but she was very calm and confindent in what she had experienced.

Wow, what a story! Thanks for sharing.

15 posted on 12/31/2001 7:18:28 PM PST by wayne_shrugged
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To: Mercuria; AnnaZ; HangFire
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16 posted on 12/31/2001 7:19:10 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
Back when I used to work construction one of the guys told me a story very similar to that one. His name is Art. When he was a young boy, before he could swim he fell into the neighbours pool. He said since he couldn't swim, he just laid on the bottom and looked up at the sky through the water. He said he saw angels and he could hear them singing to him.

His brother Bob jumped in and pulled him off the bottom before he drowned.

I've never known this guy to make up stories, just isn't the type, let alone a story like this. I believe him.

17 posted on 12/31/2001 7:28:09 PM PST by america76
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
Oh My! We had the same experience with my son who was nearly 2 at the time he nearly drowned in our backyard pool. I was 9 months pregnant with my daugher when I found him at the bottom. He saw what he described as a man with a blanket on...I have no doubt that the Lord was with him that day...It only takes a fews seconds for a child to drown and It is a lasting effect on them...He has never been afraid of water after that...For days he kept asking for the man in the blanket.
18 posted on 12/31/2001 7:36:19 PM PST by hope
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To: Lady In Blue; *inspiration_list
Last bump of 2001 to the inspiration list
19 posted on 12/31/2001 7:37:55 PM PST by butter pecan fan
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To: Lady In Blue
Thanks for posting this very heartwarming story to begin the New Year. Happy New Year everyone!
20 posted on 12/31/2001 7:44:30 PM PST by janetgreen
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To: EODGUY, JMJ333, patent, nopardons, Yehuda, LarryLied, Sabramerican, dennisw, Nix2, monkeyshine, T
This is the best possible post to end this year of 2001 --- Thanks so much! Bookmarked!

He saw angels. Believe it. He saw angels!

21 posted on 12/31/2001 7:47:11 PM PST by onyx
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To: Lady In Blue; onyx
Amazing!
22 posted on 12/31/2001 7:56:48 PM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Grampa Dave, Howlin, John Huang2, sinkspur, 68-69TonkinGulfYatch Club, Snow Bunny, Billie
Isn't this the most marvelous article to read on the final day and final few minutes of 2001? I've Bookmarked it!

He saw angels. Believe it. He saw angels!

23 posted on 12/31/2001 8:08:06 PM PST by onyx
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To: onyx
Happy new year to you, my friend =^)
24 posted on 12/31/2001 8:09:14 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: onyx
Lord, this is wonderful. I'm praying it's true.
25 posted on 12/31/2001 8:09:51 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Lady In Blue
Folks who love these stories ought to read anything by Dr. Diane Komp, a pediatric oncologist who went from agnoticism to Christianity after her experiences working with children with cancer, many terminal. Images of Grace is a good example. Some incredible stories there from the kids.
26 posted on 12/31/2001 8:11:04 PM PST by apologist
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To: apologist
Thank you for your comments above.

When we have faith in God, it is so wonderful to believe this inspiring story.
Just brings tears to my eyes........and I cannot wait for the morning to attent Mass, with a glad heart filled with love and peace.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

27 posted on 12/31/2001 8:22:09 PM PST by mickie
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To: onyx
"He saw angels. Believe it. He saw angels!"

Once, many years ago, when I was driving a taxi in LA
I saw an angel in downtown LA crossing the street,
well actually she was sort of floating across.
This happened miday with hundreds of people around
yet she turned and looked right at me amd smiled.
Then she was gone.
It is the only time in my life that I have seen an Angel.
28 posted on 12/31/2001 8:37:21 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: Thinkin' Gal
Gabriel sees two angels.

:)

29 posted on 12/31/2001 8:39:42 PM PST by VA Advogado
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub
And you've been "safe" ever since. Right?
30 posted on 12/31/2001 8:41:01 PM PST by onyx
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To: Lady In Blue
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." Matthew 18:10

A perfect story on which to end the year. Thank you.

31 posted on 12/31/2001 8:43:12 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: america76; Mind-numbed Robot
Years ago heard a psychologist on the Bill Ballance (sp?) Show in LA tell a similar experience about nearly drowning and being comforted by a bright light.

Also, had a friend who was dying of a particularly gruesome cancer and before a risky surgery (unable to have pre-surg medication due to his weakened condition so fully conscious), he had an experience of Christ appearing to him and comforting him. He was so changed after this experience that it restored my wavering faith. This was a long time ago and since then I've never doubted these experiences. We're just a step from the other side.

32 posted on 12/31/2001 8:43:18 PM PST by Calpublican
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To: onyx
Safe in a way that the natural man cannot begin to comprehend.
33 posted on 12/31/2001 8:44:25 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
thanks for the story, there are a lot of us that need a report like that in this trying time.

God is very real!

34 posted on 12/31/2001 8:47:16 PM PST by scott91
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To: apologist
Being a parent, it is my belief that I have been very blessed to have been given the awsome responsibility and gift of being around a little one who was so recently with God, in God's presence, before coming to this earth to be with me and his Mom! There is some data to suggest that the little ones remember that experience from whence they've come, for a while, perhaps into late toddlerhood. I'll post the Danae Blessing story now, to ring in the new year and soften the occasional heart in need of puttying.

Smell Of Rain: The story of Danae comforted on God's chest

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Dallas as the Doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Blessing. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10, 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency cesarean to deliver the couple's new daughter, Danae Lu Blessing.

At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor's soft words dropped like bombs. 'I don't think she's going to make it', he said, as kindly as he could. "There's only a 10-percent chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one".

Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Danae would likely face if she survived. She would never walk, she would never talk, she would probably be blind, and she would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation, and on and on.

"No! No!" was all Diana could say. She and David, with their 5-year-old son Dustin, had long dreamed of the day they would have a daughter to become a family of four. Now, within a matter of hours, that dream was slipping away.

Through the dark hours of morning as Danae held onto life by the thinnest thread, Diana slipped in and out of sleep, growing more and more determined that their tiny daughter would live-and live to be a healthy, happy young girl. But David, fully awake and listening to additional dire details of their daughter's chances of ever leaving the hospital alive, much less healthy, knew he must confront his wife with the inevitable.

David walked in and said that we needed to talk about making funeral arrangements. Diana remembers 'I felt so bad for him because he was doing everything, trying to include me in what was going on, but I just wouldn't listen, I couldn't listen.' I said, "No, that is not going to happen, no way! I don't care what the doctors say; Danae is not going to die! One day she will be just fine, and she will be coming home with us!" As if willed to live by Diana's determination, Danae clung to life hour after hour, with the help of every medical machine and marvel her miniature body could endure.

But as those first days passed, a new agony set in for David and Diana. Because Danae's underdeveloped nervous system was essentially 'raw,' the lightest kiss or caress only intensified her discomfort, so they couldn't even cradle their tiny baby girl against their chests to offer the strength of their love. All they could do, as Danae struggled alone beneath the ultraviolet light in the tangle of tubes and wires, was to pray that God would stay close to their precious little girl. There was never a moment when Danae suddenly grew stronger. But as the weeks went by, she did slowly gain an ounce of weight here and an ounce of strength there.

At last, when Danae turned two months old, her parents were able to hold her in their arms for the very first time. And two months later, though doctors continued to gently but grimly warn that her chances of surviving, much less living any kind of normal life, were next to zero, Danae went home from the hospital--just as her mother had predicted.

Today, five years later, Danae is a petite but feisty young girl with glittering gray eyes and an unquenchable zest for life. She shows no signs, what so ever, of any mental or physical impairment. Simply, she is everything a little girl can be and more-but that happy ending is far from the end of her story.

One blistering afternoon in the summer of 1996 near her home in Irving, Texas, Danae was sitting in her mother's lap in the bleachers of a local ballpark where her brother Dustin's baseball team was practicing.

As always, Danae was chattering nonstop with her mother and several other adults sitting nearby when she suddenly fell silent. Hugging her arms across her chest, Danae asked, "Do you smell that?"

Smelling the air and detecting the approach of a thunderstorm, Diana replied, "Yes, it smells like rain."

Danae closed her eyes and again asked, "Do you smell that?"

Once again, her mother replied, "Yes, I think we're about to get wet, it smells like rain.

Still caught in the moment, Danae shook her head, patted her thin shoulders with her small hands and loudly announced, "No, it smells like Him. It smells like God when you lay your head on His chest."

Tears blurred Diana's eyes as Danae then happily hopped down to play with the other children. Before the rains came, her daughter's words confirmed what Diana and all the members of the extended Blessing family had known, at least in their hearts, all along. During those long days and nights of her first two months of her life, when her nerves were too sensitive for them to touch her, God was holding Danae on His chest and it is His loving scent that she remembers so well.

35 posted on 12/31/2001 8:48:49 PM PST by MHGinTN
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To: Kevin Curry
Some of this story reminds me of Elian's story in the waters off Cuba after his mother died on Thanksgiving... The beautiful story of his escape to freedom made him a target of demonic forces, and with players like our elected President Clinton and Janet Reno and Fidel Castro working for evil, Elian's story has taken a tragic turn. I pray he comes home to America soon.
36 posted on 12/31/2001 8:51:42 PM PST by ValerieUSA
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To: Lady In Blue
thanks for this thread, the strength of conviction comes through very strong.
37 posted on 12/31/2001 8:51:50 PM PST by scott91
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To: Calpublican
"just a step from the other side"

Then I say stomp hard and leave big footprints so nobody forgets you were here.

38 posted on 12/31/2001 9:01:06 PM PST by america76
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To: Lady In Blue
bumped and bookmarked,

thank you

39 posted on 12/31/2001 9:04:18 PM PST by illbenice
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To: Lady In Blue
Never underestimate a little child....... or angels.
40 posted on 12/31/2001 9:04:36 PM PST by Great Dane
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To: MHGinTN
Thank you and God Bless you, that gave me chills. Happy New Year.
41 posted on 12/31/2001 9:05:49 PM PST by trussell
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To: Lady In Blue
Toddler says he saw angels

...and a little child shall lead them.

42 posted on 12/31/2001 9:09:03 PM PST by stboz
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To: MHGinTN
Thank you from the depths of my soul for posting that story.
43 posted on 12/31/2001 9:19:16 PM PST by d4now
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To: Lady In Blue
A friend of mine told me of an experience he had while visiting the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, CA. There was a young child being baptised. And during the ceremony my friend glanced up into the side balcony and saw a distinctively beautiful and noble looking woman sitting alone who was solemnly engrossed in the baptism service. The unspoken question that immediately entered his head was "Is that an Angel?" He reports that at that very moment the "woman" turned and looked directly at him, smiled, nodded in affirmation, and then turned back to continue watching the baptism. My friend is a serious-minded person who would not be prone to make up something like this. I consider it very likely that he saw an Angel.
44 posted on 12/31/2001 9:34:31 PM PST by Prince Caspian
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To: Squantos
Amen brother:

"Continue to love each other like brothers and sisters, and remember always to welcome strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without knowing it" (Hebrews13:2).

45 posted on 12/31/2001 9:36:57 PM PST by SLB
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To: Lady In Blue
That car fell 90 feet onto jagged rocks. This would have taken just under 3 seconds. Terminal velocity at touch-down was approximately 70 mph. The temperature was sub-freezing with coastal winds and heavy rain. High tide comes in about every 12 hours as the full and new moons near and covers the entire area below the cliff.

Sounds like a two-angel job to me. :-)

46 posted on 12/31/2001 9:42:52 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: Lady In Blue
Happy New Year, Lady In Blue.
47 posted on 12/31/2001 10:03:29 PM PST by Roscoe
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To: MHGinTN
Great story...thanks!
48 posted on 12/31/2001 10:30:15 PM PST by apologist
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To: apologist
Here's another one: Closer to the Light: Learning for the Near-Death Experience of Children by Melvin Morse, M.D. Closer to the Light
49 posted on 01/01/2002 12:25:48 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Mind-numbed Robot
She said she wasn't afraid, that Jesus had held her hand. She described him as in a white robe with long hair. At 2 1/2 she had had little or no religious education but she was very calm and confindent in what she had experienced.

That's great.

By the way, your screenname is cool.

50 posted on 01/01/2002 1:03:12 AM PST by Dr. Good Will Hunting
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