How Do Guardian Angels Protect People?
Sound familiar? Such scenarios are commonly reported by people who believe that their guardian angels are protecting them. Guardian angels may protect you from harm either by rescuing you from danger or preventing you from entering a dangerous situation. God often does send guardian angels to protect people in danger, whenever doing so won’t interfere with either human free will or God’s purposes. Some major religious texts say that guardian angels wait for God’s commands to go on missions to protect people. The Torah and the Bible declare in Psalm 91:11 that God “Will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.” The Qur’an says that “For each person, there are angels in succession, before and behind him: They guard him by command of Allah [God]”. It may be possible to invite guardian angels into your life through prayer whenever you’re facing a dangerous situation. The key to receiving help from guardian angels is to ask for it, writes Doreen Virtue in her book My Guardian Angel: True Stories of Angelic Encounters from Woman’s World Magazine Readers: “Because we have free will, we must request help from God and the angels before they can intervene. It doesn’t matter how we ask for their aid, whether as a prayer, a plea, an affirmation, a letter, a song, a demand, or even as worries. What matters is that we ask.” Guardian angels are always working behind the scenes in your life to protect you from evil. Guardian angels may work under the supervision of archangels Michael and Barachiel. In verse 20, God tells the Hebrew people: “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.” God goes on to say in Exodus 23:21-26 that if the Hebrew people follow the angel’s guidance to refuse to worship pagan gods and to demolish pagan people’s sacred stones, God will bless the Hebrews who are faithful to him and the guardian angel he has appointed to protect them from spiritual defilement. Guardian angels also work to protect you from physical danger, if doing so would help accomplish God’s purposes for your life. Another dramatic rescue by a guardian angel occurs in Acts chapter 12 of the Bible, when the apostle Peter, who had been wrongly imprisoned, is awakened in his cell by an angel who causes the chains to fall off Peter’s wrists and leads him out of the prison to freedom. Many people believe that guardian angels are especially close to children, since children don’t know as much as adults do about how to protect themselves from dangerous situations, so they naturally need more help from guardians. In the introduction to Guardian Angels: Connecting with Our Spirit Guides and Helpers by Rudolf Steiner, Margaret Jonas writes that “The guardian angels stand back somewhat with respect to adults and their protective watch over us becomes less automatic. As adults we now have to raise our consciousness to a spiritual level, befitting an angel, and are no longer protected in the same way as in childhood.” A famous passage in the Bible about children’s guardian angels is Matthew 18:10, in which Jesus Christ tells his disciples: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
‘Guardian angel’ need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops
The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers. While every mission varies, for every adviser deployed in Afghanistan as part of a NATO-led multinational force, many more soldiers are tasked with providing security and support. The minimum security requirements mean that providing even just a few thousand advisers for Afghan security forces is a monumental task that, if continued, will keep many thousands more international troops and contractors facing daily threats. Fewer than 25 percent of coalition troops in Afghanistan are dedicated advisers – with the rest either in a security, support or a combined role. The need to balance the force with more advisers is a driving factor behind the military’s request for more troops, which has met with scepticism in Washington, where Trump was elected on a platform of reducing American commitments overseas. Just two days after that, Romanian soldiers providing security for advisers in Kandahar were forced to shoot and kill an Afghan policeman who attacked the international troops. “We’re there in the background if anything happens,” said ranger Riley Tolliday, describing his job as a “Guardian angel” escorting advisers to meetings around the Afghan capital. MORE ADVISERS NEED MORE PROTECTION. Even at the height of the international military mission in Afghanistan, a large proportion of troops was involved behind the scenes providing security and other support for the main mission. Of the 12,447 troops from 39 countries that make up the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, about 2,865 are classified as advisers, according to numbers provided by the coalition. Another 7,766 are considered “Enablers”, which can range from logistics and security troops to fighter aircraft pilots. Among the enablers plus command-and-control troops, many also have part-time roles advising Afghan counterparts, but the numbers reveal the massive number of supporting troops needed to field even a limited advising mission. While the U.S. military has used contractors to buttress the force in Afghanistan, including using private guards for security around some bases, officials say they hope to reduce overall reliance on contractors by deploying more troops. The command in Kabul is now waiting on the stalled request for thousands more American troops, which they hope will allow them to deploy more soldiers dedicated to working with the Afghans, but also a “Significant” number to provide more security, said one senior military official. Security services have seen a recent increase in demand as advisers try to reach more Afghan units, Martin said. The troops tasked with escorting the advisers on their missions have to not only provide protection from potential militants, but also from so-called insider attacks by members of the Afghan security forces, who have occasionally turned on their foreign allies.