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I remember when I was a little girl lying on the grass in my yard and looking up at the clouds in the sky. I pictured angels living up there on the clouds and the rays of sunlight that would peak through were from the glow of their halos. My mother was the one who told me about angels.

I was afraid of the dark, and each night when she would tuck me into bed, she would tell me that I didn’t have to be afraid because an angel would be watching over me while I slept.

I have always kept that thought with me before going to bed at night. Even through the toughest times in my life, I would always calm myself and know that things would be okay and that I would be safe, because angels were around me to help guide me.

I never knew them by name until I started using an angel card deck, and as I studied each card and learned about the angels and how they helped us when we needed guidance, I felt like they were my friends and almost wished that I could friend them on Facebook so that we could chat now and then and I could read their thoughts of the moment as they commented on their status.

There were moments in my life when I believed an angel visited me in human form. At a time when I was feeling distraught, someone would appear in my life and just sit down next to me and start talking to me as if they knew me, even though I had never met them before. As they talked to me, suddenly things would seem clearer to me and I would feel like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I would look for these people later on, but they would seem to disappear as quickly as they came to me — and when you live in a small town, you usually run into the same people often enough.

I know sometimes we can be so busy with day-to-day living that we do not always see the messages that angels are trying to send us. If we would just take a moment to sit down and take a breath, smell a flower or even just look up at the stars at night and let the silence surround us, in that moment, through that silence, we can hear the angels speak to us — maybe not in words, but in thoughts and feelings. It may be a sudden flutter of a breeze or a warmth that comes over you and makes you feel loved.

A couple of years ago, my mother had to go to a nursing home, and when I visited her, she told me she was afraid at night and didn´t like being alone. I reminded her that she didn’t have to be scared, because an angel would watch over her and keep her safe through the night.

She has since passed away, and each night before I go to bed, I think of my angel watching over me and I feel my mother’s love as I fall asleep.

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Maureen Keimig lives in Marshall, Minn. She worked for 22 years as an emergency 911 dispatcher for the Minnesota State Patrol, and during those years she truly believed in the work of angels helping out during some of the dire situations that arose. She and a couple of her friends started a women's circle for those who are feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders and need a helping hand. During those meetings, they use an angel deck to help give them guidance. Contact her at mekeimig@hotmail.com.

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