A Guardian Angel

If you follow my blog, you might remember my previous posts about a resident, David, that lives in the Care Center where my mother lives.

David is 57 years old and one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He is very proud to tell you all about his service to our country. He served in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot. After completing his time in the Air Force, David returned home to his wife, and four children, to resume his civilian life. But shortly after returning to his home, David was diagnosed with a terminal illness. As he was coming to grips with that, he was involved in a horrible car accident. He lost one of his legs and suffered massive internal injuries that resulted in multiple hernia’s, and the removal of his bladder. If that were not enough for anyone to deal with, shortly after the car accident, David’s wife left him and filed for divorce.

I see David every time I visit my mother. He is a blessing in action to all the residents in the Care Center. David is always smiling and telling jokes and always looking for ways to help the people around him. He uses his motor powered wheelchair to push the residents in standard wheelchairs from one destination to another. He sits with residents who are sick and have no one to visit them etc.

David didn’t tell me, but one of the other residents told me, that David recently found out he has gangrene in his remaining leg and may need to have it amputated as well. I was told that David is on massive doses of antibiotics for the leg infection as they are trying to get that under control so they can move forward with a triple hernia surgery he has coming up in two weeks. OMG, how much suffering can one person take?

When my brother-in-law, John, read my blog posts about David, he sent me an email saying that David must be “one hell of a guy” and he wanted to make him a stain glass angel for his room. John said he would make the angel and mail it out to me as soon as he could. I thanked John and told him I would make sure David received his angel as soon as it arrived.

This is the beautiful stained glass angel my brother-in-law, John made for David.  I took this picture of it in my car just before I went into the Care Center because I was not sure if David would want me to take a picture of him with it because David doesn’t really like a lot of fuss or attention…


When I walked into the Care Center I went immediately to David’s room. I was lucky enough to find him just getting ready to go down to the activity room for the Thursday Church Service. I asked him if I could speak with him for a minute and told him I had something for him. Then, I told David that I had shared with my brother-in-law, John, how good David is with helping all the residents within the Care Center, and that John said “David must be one hell of a guy”, and that he wanted David to have this stained glass angel that John made for him.

I can’t even find the words to explain the look on David’s face when he opened the package and saw the stained glass angel. His face lit up, and he said “this is going to be my guardian angel to help me through my upcoming surgeries and recovery. Then David surprised me and asked if I would take a picture of him  in his room with the angel, and his pictures of Jesus.


When I showed David the picture on my camera, he said “oh, take one more of the larger picture of Jesus on my wall too. He said “I love Jesus with all my heart and soul and there is nothing I alone can do for myself, or anyone else, without Jesus leading me through it. David told me he talks to Jesus all day and he knows Jesus is taking care of him because, three weeks ago, David past the deadline for the amount of time the doctors told him he would have to live.  I was so humbled by David’s spirit. I told him I think the reason he passed the time the doctors gave him to live is because Jesus isn’t finished with having David do his will here on earth yet. David asked if he could give me a hug and as I hugged him I thought to myself, yes, John, David is one hell of a guy…!


Note to John: David wanted me to tell you he loves Angels and the one you made for him is absolutely beautiful and that you made his day. He said he will keep it always close to him and he thanks you from the bottom of his heart.

Stay Tuned!

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Katie Bonzer
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 20:52:49

    Love this. David sounds like a man filled with faith and hope. What a great thing to share with us, thank you.
    Please tell him thank you for his service. My father, mother, sisters and husband all served and it takes true selflessness to join our forces. God Bless.


    • beyondcinderella
      Oct 24, 2014 @ 21:10:36

      Thank you for stopping by my sight. I’m glad you enjoyed David’s story. David is truly a man filled with faith and hope and on fire with a love for Jesus. I will pass your thanks for his service to him. Many blessings to you too.


  2. Bill
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 00:36:17

    What a great brother I have , thanks John for being you, not to mention the greatest wife a man could have!!

    Thanks too the both of you for passing it forward.

    Love Bill/Bro


  3. katsbynp
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 02:42:30

    Your brother-in-law is a special man as is David. Please thank David for his service. Most of all I thank you for sharing such a special post


  4. lucie vezie
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 19:37:01

    Wow, David is such an awesome representation of what Jesus tells us every day… Love one another as I love you. Thank you Virginia for posting David’s story it humbled me and I know it was a blessing for you. Also, please tell John that the angel is beautiful.


  5. John
    Nov 11, 2015 @ 18:59:34

    Wow! This was a nice surprise to read Sis! Thank you for passing all this info to me. It makes a heart feel good to know that the little gift is special to those that receive it! David is in my thoughts and prayers. I just hope all goes well with his up coming surgeries. I think it should be said also that you are an angel to many. You are a rare breed and I love you for it. Thank Bro for me too!


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