Angels In The Alley
Diane, a young Christian university student, was home
for the summer. She had gone to visit some friends
one evening and the time passed quickly as each shared
their various experiences of the past year. She ended
up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk
home alone. But she wasn't afraid because it was a
small town and she lived only a few blocks away. As she
walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane asked God
to keep her safe from harm and danger.
When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to
her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway
down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end
as though he was waiting for her. She became uneasy
and began to pray, asking for God's protection. Instantly,
a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped
around her, she felt as though someone was walking
with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she
walked right past the man and arrived home safely.
The following day she read in the paper that a young
girl had been raped in the same alley, just twenty
minutes or so after she had been there. Feeling
overwhelmed by this tragedy, and the fact that it
could have been her, she began to weep, thanking
God for her safety.
To try to help this young woman, she decided to go
to the police station. She felt she could recognize
the man. She told her story. The policeman asked her
if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if
she could identify him. She agreed and immediately
pointed out the man she had seen in the alley.
When the man was told he had been identified, he
immediately broke down and confessed. The officers
thanked Diane for her help and asked if there was
anything they could do for her. She asked if they
would ask the man one question. She was curious as
to why he had not attacked her.
When the policeman asked him, he answered, "Because
she wasn't alone. She had two tall men walking on
either side of her."
[ Author Unknown -- from 'Aiken Drum' ]
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