01/20/1997 at 01:00 AM EST
Most who wrote this week concerning our cover story firmly believe in the possibility of encounters with angels (PEOPLE, Dec. 23), and several correspondents even shared their own accounts of divine intervention.
TOUCHED BY ANGELS
At a time when everything you read is full of death, destruction and despair, how nice it was to read the feature on angels. It left me with a smile on my face and a feeling that we will always be taken care of. MICHELLE RYAN, Brandon, Fla.
Someone once said this country's greatest unused resource is prayer. With so much sadness in the world, I believe angels are becoming more popular as people strive for a spiritual connection and deeper meaning to their lives.
KAY LAROCCA, Hopewell, Pa.
My daughter attends school with Heather Harcum, 9, who after a car accident on Nov. 30 fell into a coma. Doctors weren't sure when she would come out of it but encouraged her family to talk to her, read to her and play music she liked. On Dec. 11 her mother played "Angels Among Us" by Alabama, and Heather woke with tears rolling down her cheeks. Now she is walking and talking, and doctors are amazed. Truly, Heather and her family were blessed by an angel.
LORI HUSKEY, Smithfield, Va.
Angels do perform miracles, even in corporate America. Recently I could not find a project binder I needed for an internal company audit. For weeks I spread the word with no results. The Friday before the audit my coworkers were teasing me about the trouble I would be in if the binder were not recovered. I assured them I was going to church that weekend to light a candle and ask God to send an angel to find it. The following Monday, a secretary walked up to me holding the binder. She found it on her desk that morning and had no idea how it got there. Needless to say, my coworkers were speechless. And I passed the audit.
CATHY DE MARCO-CHRISTAL Parsippany, N.J.
When my dog died on Thanksgiving, I was broadsided by grief. When I saw your magazine at the market, I asked that there be specific words of comfort in it for me. Sure enough, Lou Dean's story paralleled my own in several ways. Dean, who believes the spirit of her dog saved her life, is a writer, as I am. Her dog was a terrier, just like mine. And one more coincidence—her dog's name was Shorty. That's what I used to call my little Quincy. Maybe I'm crazy, but I feel better.
MARJORIE PRESTON, Media, Pa.
About 30 years ago, I had an experience similar to "Drowning Yachtsman" Don Spann's. I was 10 years old and riding my bike through a park when I went to cross a wooden bridge over a creek. I lost my balance and landed face down in the creek bottom. Suddenly someone put their hands under my arms and raised me up on my feet. I turned around, but nobody was there. I have always believed God sent an angel to help me.
DANIEL MASON, Mesquite, Texas
I do not deny the existence of angels, but I'm very curious as to who shall be the chosen few they touch and why. Are angels involved only in a crisis of life and death? And what is the basis as to who shall live and who shall death? On the lighter side, I would welcome the feel of their touch during a stay at one of those casinos in Las Vegas. But I'm probably hoping for Lady Luck, while the angels are given more serious assignments.
GENE RATNER, Carson City, Nev.
After reading about Terrell Davis's struggle with migraines, I don't feel so alone. I, too, suffer from migraines of such severity that I have considered suicide in the midst of such an attack. Hopefully this article will bring attention to this affliction and cause more physicians to take migraines seriously instead of advising us to "take two aspirins and lie down."
CHARLOTTE KAI-ZOË ROBERTS Johnson City, Tenn.
Terrell Davis, you are not alone. As a teacher for 30 years, I found that calling in sick with "just a headache" or having to leave school because of pain and nausea was not always understood. One of the newer drugs, Imitrex, was a miracle for me until I had a severe reaction and had to stop taking it. I now use simple painkillers, and my migraines are mostly under control unless I'm under great stress or eat a certain food unknowingly.
MARY ALICE CLYATT THOMAS, Adel, Ga.