Angels as Guides for Living

Updated on December 23, 2019
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Lora is a published author and has had her poems featured in poetry publications. She is currently working on a book of inspirational poems.

Angels Can Show Us Our Path In Life

This article is about how angels can offer us guidance in living. Whether we see them depicted in art or read stories about angels coming to the aid of people, we feel comforted by their presence. However, angels can also become our teachers as they show us a path in life which seeks to bring healing, comfort, and love to the lives of others. In following their example, we develop a sense of purpose and meaning in our lives and a greater sense of our spiritual selves.

A Poem About An Angel Who Inspires Us To Care About Others

The Messenger

One day,

I went inside a museum

and a mural hung on the wall of

a glorious angel...

a vision of celestial grace

cloaked in her draping gown

with soft curls framing a lovely face.


Through the large glass windows

as the sun's rays gently fell on this seraph,

she became bathed in light...

adding to her ethereal presence,

and making me feel

as though I were close to heaven.

Then her eyes met mine,

and something was communicated

in the silence of a moment...


Hearing a soft cry,

I looked to my right

and saw a woman with a little child.

The child was crying for

he was hungry and had no food;

the mother was trying to console him.


Moved by a sense of pity,

I walked over to them

and offered them some fruit

that I had taken

with me...

then I asked if they had

a place to go,

and the mother answered no-

so I asked them if I

could give them shelter.


As I left there,

turning to look at that beautiful angel

one more time...

still feeling the warmth of her light

and seeing her penetrating eye...

I could have sworn I saw her smile

and I thought, yes you do live within me

as I am empowered by the goodness in me

to illuminate the darkest places...

by your divine inspiration

to alleviate suffering and bring hope

to those who walk in fear,

and use my gifts to help make this world

a better place for all God's creation.


-Lora Hollings

"We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; and God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides."     ~Saint Thomas Aquinas
"We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; and God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides." ~Saint Thomas Aquinas

In Giving, We Receive

One day, I heard a little bird chirping loudly.

He seemed to be in much distress;

it appeared, he had tumbled from his nest...

so I gently put him back.


One day, as I was walking down a street,

I saw a stray dog-

frantically searching for someone

or something...

He would go up to people,

but everyone passed him by-

his appearance showing

he had long suffered from neglect.


With coat so shabby

and bones showing,

a look of desperation in his eyes...

I couldn't pass him by-

I stopped to give him food,

which he freely took,

and he followed me home.

Now, with his faithful companionship,

I do not feel so alone.


One day, I found a child who was lost

and stopped to help her home, again.

She gave me a little picture

that she had drawn of herself

with the sweetest smile

and a little bouquet of violets.

I still hear an echo of her voice...

saying thank you.


One day, I heard a heart cry out from one

who felt abandoned and alone...

so I stopped to listen to a tale of loneliness

and despair.

I offered my friendship

and shared with her my heartfelt wounds,

relieving a burden that I was

not alone in my suffering...

I have begun the process to heal

as now I have a close friend

with whom I can share-

both my joy and my sorrow.


I often think, if I never stopped

as I went on my way

to help those in need-

and chose to go alone...

that my life would not be as rich

for it truly is in giving that we receive.


-Lora Hollings

God Has Entrusted Us With His Greatest Gifts - Our Children Can Become As Angels Creating A Heaven on Earth
God Has Entrusted Us With His Greatest Gifts - Our Children Can Become As Angels Creating A Heaven on Earth

"A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men." ~ Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Children Are Gifts From God

You are a gift from God.

Born into this world,

so innocent and pure...

as an angel.

Your beauty reflects His love,

and he has entrusted me with your care.

How blessed am I

to be your loving guardian,

throughout your life,

to teach you right from wrong,

guiding you always to walk toward His light,

sometimes down an uncertain path...

but strengthening your resolve to

bring light into the lives of others.


-Lora Hollings

We Are Inspired by Angels to Love and Protect Animals

Our responsibility in being stewards of the earth includes taking care of our animal brothers and sisters too. When we show compassion and save animals from cruelty, we are acting out of the highest realm of our spirituality and thus we become angels to our animal brethren who are so deserving of our concern for their welfare and the right to live without being harmed or abused by anyone.

"God made all the creatures and gave them our love and our fear, to give sign, we and they are His children, one family here." ~Robert Browning
"God made all the creatures and gave them our love and our fear, to give sign, we and they are His children, one family here." ~Robert Browning

"Nature is the art of God." ~ Dante Alighieri

"The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.


-Emily Dickinson

"All God's angels come to us disguised." ~James Russell Lowell

We Can Only Live Up to Our Full Potential By Helping Others

"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." ~Luciano de Crescenzo
"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." ~Luciano de Crescenzo
"When We Do Kind Deeds for Our Fellow Man We Become as Angels."
"When We Do Kind Deeds for Our Fellow Man We Become as Angels."

"I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again." ~ William Penn

"If you live for love you spread kindness and compassion everywhere you go. When you stop believing in your heart you are but a sterile vessel wandering in the wilderness." ~ Francis Hegmeyer

Flowers Are The Words of Angels

"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning." ~Lydia M. Child

Angels Are With Us In Spirit

"Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for without being seen, they are present with you."

~St. Francis De Sales

Nature is an Angel's Favorite Hiding Place
Nature is an Angel's Favorite Hiding Place

"Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place." ~Terri Guillemets

Be An Angel to Someone Else Whenever You can

"Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you." ~from The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman

" By following in the footsteps of Angels, We can Bring Peace to Our World - "If we were all like angels, the world would be a heavenly place."

— Author Unknown

Questions & Answers

    © 2019 Lora Hollings

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      • fpherj48 profile image

        Paula 

        12 hours ago from UpstateWestern,New York

        Lora.....Such wonderful & inspiring Poetry with exquisite photos! I believe there are Angels all around us, especially during trying times.

        Thank you Lora.....Peace, Paula

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        Lora Hollings 

        13 hours ago

        Brenda, I'm very complimented that you want to share this article with others during this difficult time. I hope that these poems can inspire others and give them courage during this difficult time. Stay safe and well, my friend.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 days ago from Washington Court House

        Lora,

        I shared these.

        I think we can all use some angels today.

        https://www.facebook.com/101958054719811/posts/132...

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        Lora Hollings 

        5 weeks ago

        Thanks for reading my article and commenting, Eiddwen. I'm happy that you enjoyed this hub and its message. If we follow in the footsteps of angels, I believe that we can bring greater peace and love to our world. Blessings to you!

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        Eiddwen 

        5 weeks ago from Wales

        I really enjoyed this hub. I love poetry as in reading and writing it and am a great believer in angels. Thoroughly enjoyed this hub and looking forward to so many more by you.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Yes, I believe that we are given divine guidance and it is given to us so that we may help others. Thank you for reading my article and for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment, Chitrangada. I'm deeply complimented that you found my hub inspiring and that it brought you peace and hope. Blessings to you, my friend!

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Beautiful poems, and beautifully expressed message.

        I do believe in the power of the unknown. Someone is always there to guide us, and that guidance is always for the good of others and the happiness of humanity.

        Thanks for sharing this wonderfully composed and beautifully presented hub. It brought peace and hope to me.

        God Bless You.

      • Lora Hollings profile imageAUTHOR

        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        I believe in angels too and feel that they often intervene to help us. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment, Devika. And I'm happy that you liked my article. Blessings to you, my friend.

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        Devika Primić 

        2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        I believe in angels and you shared beautiful photos of angels. Angels help when we least expect it.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Mark, thanks for reading my article and taking the time to comment. Being able to give is a gift in and of itself! We are fortunate to be given this privilege and to be able to make such a difference. I certainly agree with you. What a beautiful compliment to your wife! Have a wonderful evening.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        I do believe angels are here, Nithya, to help guide us on the right path if we just open our hearts and our minds to them. To show charity and love for others is to follow their example. Thank you for reading my article and for your kind words. Best Wishes for the New Year!

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        A couple of random comments from your poems, Lora. Giving is not only a gift to the receiver but a gift to the giver. It's an honor to help someone out. The universe puts us in that position as a special blessing that we should fulfill. Secondly, I do believe in angels. I married one. Your poetry is much appreciated.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 months ago from Dubai

        Beautiful poems, images and great quotes. Angels are everywhere helping and guiding us to be kind and considerate. I enjoyed reading, thank you for sharing.

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        Lora Hollings 

        2 months ago

        Thanks for dropping by Alyssa and I appreciate your wonderful comment. I'm happy that you found my article inspiring and uplifting. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        What a beautiful collection of quotes! Your poems are heartwarming and an inspiration for us all to lend a helping hand to others, human and animals. Thank you for sharing this, Lora!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Denise, Thanks for dropping by and I really appreciate your kind words. I'm happy to hear that the you enjoyed my article and you found the poem "The Messenger" particularly moving. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Thank you John for reading and your comment is deeply appreciated. I'm honored that you enjoyed the poetry, the pictures and the message of my article. Yes, I do believe if we let angels be our guides, we can help to create a more loving and peaceful world. God speaks to us through his messengers, the angels.

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        Denise McGill 

        3 months ago from Fresno CA

        This was truly inspirational and brought a tear to my eye. I was moved by the giving poem. That is so lovely. Have a beautifully merry Christmas.

        Blessings,

        Denise

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        A wonderful collection of inspirational poetry, quotes and images. A truly great presentation and overall message, Lora. Yes, angels are helping us and using us in turn to help others..both people and animals. Great job.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Ms. Dora, thank you for your visit and your wonderful compliment. I'm glad that you appreciate the message of this article- following in the footsteps of angels and coming to the aid of our fellow man or other sentient beings who need our help. Our actions reflect on our faith and enhance our spirituality. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        I appreciate the positively powerful messages in your poems. You motivate us to consider ourselves angels to others, and that's wise. The angels quotes are good too.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Thank you emge for reading my article and for your kind words. I'm happy that you liked its message. Have a great day!

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Crezyl, thank you for dropping by and for your lovely comment. I'm honored that you really enjoyed the poems and the quotes. It's so nice to hear that you have rescued many strays. Good luck in your studies and bless you for your kindness. Happy holidays to you!

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        MG Singh 

        3 months ago from Singapore

        Lovely and beautiful. Brought out the essence of life and that is spread goodness all around.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Pamela, thanks for reading my article and for your gracious comment. "It is more blessed to give than to receive." I've experienced that feeling often as well! I'm glad to hear that you feed the birds. I feed them too and I always enjoy watching them gather around the bird feeder. Anything that we can do for others by alleviating hunger or improving their lives in some way does make such a difference. And I think angels can come to us in many different ways too. Wishing you a warm and Merry Christmas and a New Year full of blessings.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Thank you Flourish for dropping by and for your wonderful comment. I would also like to thank you for helping all of those homeless cats! You are truly an angel to those cats and through your benevolent actions you are inspiring others. God bless you for all the lives you have saved and are still continuing to save! And a Merry Christmas to you and best wishes for the New Year.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Cattaleya, I certainly agree with you about the small things which really turn out to be the big things! It's about how we treat all people and animals, too, who have no voice and desperately need ours to speak out for them! We can't have double standards where we treat some people well but exclude others based on prejudice and the same way with animals. All animals deserve to be included in our compassion not just some. Thanks for reading and for your gracious comment. Blessings.

        "The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." - Albert Einstein

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        Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido 

        3 months ago from Philippines

        I am in love with it Lora. As I read through, my memories are just coming. I have someone whom I can run through when I have pain my heart, the one who listens to all of my dramas. I have a heart for stray animals too, my first cat was actually a street cat that I'd rescued and until now I am doing it. Actually in every place I am living (I don't stay in one place because of my studies), I have my cats and I love them so much. Great writing ❤

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        Thank you Ruby for your visit. I'm very complimented by your kind words. I believe that God wants us to show compassion to all of his creation also and when we do this we are acting as angels on earth whose mission is to spread the message of love and peace. Have a wonderful weekend!

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        3 months ago from Southern Illinois

        This is so very beautiful! I must admit that it brought happy tears. I loved each section, the pictures were so lovely. To help another, or an animal is what God meant when he said to love.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 months ago from Sunny Florida

        Lora, I certainly agree that we should be giving people. Giving always gives me more than I give as it feels so right. I always try to take care with the birds that come to my bird feeder and I love animals also.

        I think angels may come to us in many ways and we may not always recognize them as such. I loved all your pictures, your poetry and the quotes. This excellent article gives as such a good message. I hope you are enjoying the hoidays as we prepare for Christmas.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        I love your message of giving, especially for animals. That’s where my heart is. I have a passion for spaying and neutering cats. For 20 years I have fed a colony of feral cats at a grocery store nearby. They’ve dwindled through spay/neuter and natural attrition to one cat. I also feed and fix neighborhood strays. It’s interesting how sometimes they seem to come to me for a specific problem (a wound, broken leg, or infection). Perhaps angels guide them to food and assistance. Your poems show great compassion and are beautifully written. Merry Christmas.

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        Tiyasha Maitra 

        3 months ago from Gurgaon

        A beautiful set Lora. The joy and satisfaction in small things that we can do for others are unparalleled. The blessing in giving is like heaven unto itself. Thanks for sharing.

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