Do Children Always See Angels?

Most adults struggle to have angel experiences. Are children more open to them because of youth and innocence?

BY: William D. Webber

 
Find Out: Many Beliefnet members have sent questions about children and angels. I have compiled the ones I am commonly asked and I have outlined them here with my answers.

1. Can children really see angels?

Yes, the evidence is overwhelming. Here is an account from a person I know. (The names have been changed as requested.) The only explanation for this amazing, true story is that an angel did give a message to a child.

My friend June was broken-hearted. She had done her best to raise her daughter Ericka, but in her teen age years Ericka became addicted on drugs and left home. While on drugs, Ericka became pregnant and had a baby boy. Ericka realized that she could not care for her baby and she asked her mother to take care of the baby boy until she became clean. Instead of kicking the habit, Ericka became more addicted and gave birth to a second baby, a girl. Once again, she implored her mother to care for her second child, with promises that this time she would become drug free and become a good mother. Despite her promises, Ericka disappeared and June lost all contact with Ericka. Taking care of two grandchildren was not the way June had planned to spend her midlife years, but she loved them dearly and never complained.

One morning four-year old David said, “Grandma, we have to find my baby brother.”

June replied, “David, you don’t have a brother.”

“Yes, I do,” the child insisted. “An angel came and told me we have to find my baby brother.”

June thought David would soon forget his imaginary brother, but throughout the day David persisted. "It’s not my imagination,” he insisted. “The angel told me. We have to go find my brother.”

“Could it be possible?” June wondered. “Did David see an angel? Does he have a baby brother? Is it possible that Ericka had given birth to another child?”
Because her grandson was so insistent, June decided to begin a search. Ericka had broken off all contacts with her and June knew of no way to find her daughter. In desperation, she decided to call the maternity wards at local hospitals. There was no record of her daughter in any of the hospitals in the city where June lived, but David would not relent. “We have to find my baby brother,” he insisted. “Keep trying,” he pleaded.

Next, June tried the maternity ward of the hospital in the next town. Her daughter Ericka was there and had just given birth to a baby boy! Within an hour June was by her side. The daughter was hostile. “Mom, how did you find me?” Ericka demanded. “How did you know I had given birth?”

She listened in amazement to the story: how an angel had come to her preschool son with the message that he had a baby brother and that he had to find him. Erica broke into tears. “Mom,” she said, “After leaving you with two of my children, I was so embarrassed and ashamed when I became pregnant. That’s why I didn’t tell you about this baby.”

Since she was still addicted to drugs, Ericka realized she could not care for the new baby. The last I have heard, June was caring for her three grandchildren, Ericka was in rehab determined to become a good mother. David, now a big brother, was so proud he had found his little brother-- just like the angel had told him to do.

Continued on page 2: Are children more likely to see angels than adults? »

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