I am only telling it like I heard it. I don’t know whether you believe in God, and I don’t care. I am only the messenger.

Our first tale begins on Christmas, 1972. Canton, Ohio.

It was quite a year. Idiocy ruled the world. The top grossing movie was “The Godfather,” which was basically two hours of gunfire interrupted briefly by gratuitous sex scenes. The hottest song was “American Pie,” a two-chord song which lasted longer than veterinary school.

And Romy was dying.

Romy was 23 years old, she had brain cancer. No treatments were working. She was going to die.

The doctors told her. Flat out. “You’re going to die, Romy,” the doctor said.

Her health was fading. A little more every day. She was losing her faculties. It was hopeless.

On Christmas her father got off work from the mill and sat beside her in the hospital. The man held her hand. “Please don’t let my daughter die, God.”

It was on Christmas Eve that a young woman walked into the hospital room and approached Romy. Nobody else recalls seeing this particular woman except Romy’s father.

The woman wore a green dress, she had flaming red hair. Her skin was the color of snow. She seemed to glow.

She was obviously not a nurse. She was apparently not a medical staffer. The young woman approached Romy’s bedside and placed a hand upon her forehead.

“Do you know my daughter?” Romy’s father asked.

“Oh, yes,” said the young woman in green.

“Are you a friend of hers?”

“You could say that, yes.”

“How do you know her?”

“I was assigned to her a long time ago.”

“What are you doing to her?“

“Ssshhh,” was all the woman replied.

The next morning, came. Romy felt remarkably better when she awoke. The doctors said that sometimes the human brain does strange things. Sometimes patients have good days. Sometimes they have bad ones. It wasn’t anything to get excited about.

But Romy’s father insisted that something was very different with his daughter. He could just tell.

So the doctors eventually did tests. They found that Romy’s tumor had shrunk. Not long thereafter, they did more tests. This time the tumor was gone. Not smaller. But totally absent from her body.

Today, Romy is 73 years old. And she is an avid runner. “I believe in angels,” said Romy.

Birmingham, Alabama, 1987. His name was Ben. Ben was speeding when his car struck a tree.

His car flipped several times. He landed in a creek, upside down. The water level was rising in his car, and Ben was trapped. He was going to drown. There was no doubt.

Finally, the water engulfed him. Game over. Call the undertaker.

But then a stranger approached his vehicle. He was a large Black man. Bald. Broad shouldered. Those are all the identifying characteristics Ben can remember about his Samaritan.

The man lifted Ben from the car and that’s pretty much all Ben remembers. The next thing he recalls is seeing the ambulance come.

EMTs found Ben lying against the guardrail of the highway. They asked how he got there.

“I don’t know,” said a confused Ben. “That man put me here.”

“What man?” the paramedics said. “Nobody has been on this desolate road tonight.”

Ben tells me in an email, “I know he was an angel. I just know it.”

Which brings us to Jessica, a young waitress who was walking alone in Memphis in 1994, after dark. She was approached by a man with a knife who demanded her purse. So she gave her pocketbook to him.

Then he demanded something else.

In a moment, the man was atop her. She could do nothing but scream, “Help me, Jesus!”


Another man appeared. He was tall. Strong. He lifted her attacker from her. With one arm. He told Jessica to run. She did. But then she stopped. When she turned back to thank her rescuer, there was nobody there.

The alley was empty except for her dazed attacker, who was lying flat on his back, moaning in pain. Her savior had disappeared into thick air.

“I know what I saw,” Jessica said.

Truthfully, I don’t know what to do with all these stories people email me. But I do believe there is a Something up there. And I believe that, this Christmas, unseen beings are watching over you and yours.

Call me crazy. Call me “touched.” I don’t care what you call me. Christmas is all about an infant boy born in Bethlehem, they named him Immanuel, which means “God with us.”

And I, for one, believe he is.


  1. Connie Barnett - December 26, 2022 1:22 pm

    Yes Sean Dietrich this is what we need to read. Thank you!! Merry Christmas 🎄❤️

  2. Bonnie - December 26, 2022 1:23 pm

    I believe

  3. Linda Lewis - December 26, 2022 1:26 pm

    And I for one also believe He is.

    • Anne Arthur - December 26, 2022 1:32 pm

      Oh yes, he is. And he assigns his angels to watch over us when we most need it.

  4. Nancy - December 26, 2022 1:30 pm

    I believe! God is good, all the time!

  5. Scott - December 26, 2022 1:32 pm

    I love the angel stories. I believe! Keep ‘em coming.

  6. RW - December 26, 2022 1:32 pm

    I too believe without a doubt – I have seen and felt too much to be told otherwise – Thanks for the angle stories Sean!

  7. Jean Sherrill - December 26, 2022 1:33 pm

    I believe!

  8. Trudy - December 26, 2022 1:34 pm

    Yes!!!! God is real. My prayer is that everyone will know him.

  9. DLM - December 26, 2022 1:34 pm

    Thank you Sean. I believe and I believe he gave you a special gift. Bless you, your family, and bless your 4 legged fur babies.

  10. Trent - December 26, 2022 1:41 pm

    John 6:28-29: Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?”Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

  11. Peter - December 26, 2022 1:41 pm

    Amen! No doubt about it. I have seen the Hand of God and His angels at work many times in my life. Thank you for your inspiration! Merry Christmas and have a Great New Year!

  12. Diana Kinser - December 26, 2022 1:43 pm

    I believe, too! Thanks for the reminders. God is with us, and what would we do without Him?

  13. John - December 26, 2022 1:44 pm

    I thank God and my guardian angels every day for watching over me and my family. To many events happen in my life that I can’t explain that keeps me and my family out of harms way.

  14. Steve McCaleb - December 26, 2022 1:47 pm

    The MAN moves in mysterious ways. Never doubt it. I don’t.

  15. Susie - December 26, 2022 1:54 pm

    People who have faith, more power to them. Whatever it takes to get you thru. I, instead, have doubts. Doubt is not the opposite of faith. Doubt is first cousin to faith. The opposite of faith is certainty.

    • Gigi - December 26, 2022 4:31 pm

      @Susie ~ faith means “complete confidence, a strong Belief in something.” Doubt is definitely the opposite of belief/believe. Google “what’s the opposite of believe?” Disbelief and Doubt was the answer.

  16. Pam Williams - December 26, 2022 2:00 pm


  17. Delphia Smith - December 26, 2022 2:08 pm

    I Believe! God has been so good to me and my family!

  18. Deacon Nick - December 26, 2022 2:08 pm

    Keep on keeping on Sean! Our Father assigns a guardian angel to each and every soul (Mt. 18:10). Additionally, ministering angels are sent forth from Our Father as needed for all kinds of purposes (Hebrews 1:14). By the way, we concluded the Season of Advent on December 24th and the 12 days of the Christ-Mass began on December 25th, the day 2,022 years ago the Word became flesh to share our humanity, that He could stand in our place on the Cross and restore us to fellowship with the Father, on Resurrection Sunday. He is also building the New Covenant in His Blood celebrated on Divine Mercy Sunday of the octave of Easter, empowering us to share in His Divinity, i.e., to become holy as He is Holy.

  19. Suzanne Brantley - December 26, 2022 2:14 pm

    Thank you, Sean! I still believe in angels and miracles!

  20. David - December 26, 2022 2:15 pm

    I believe God is always with us. Thank you for sharing these stories with us to reaffirm our faith. God bless you and be with you Sean.

  21. Jeanne - December 26, 2022 2:20 pm

    I was visited by an Angel in Alta, UT when lost in a whiteout unfamiliar with the slope that would lead us down the mountain. The Angel showed up, observed that we were lost, told us to followed her down and we did just that. When we were safely at the bottom, we turned to thank her and she had disappeared!

  22. Maggie Priestaf - December 26, 2022 2:38 pm

    Amen, me too, Sean…

  23. Trudy - December 26, 2022 2:38 pm

    So do I, Sean. So do I.

  24. Pam Matthews - December 26, 2022 3:01 pm

    I know what you need to do with all of these stories! My favorite books are the Guideposts collections. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Guideposts but it’s a great little magazine. My momma got me a subscription to it every year for CHRISTmas…Readers Digest too. I get my own subscriptions now. ANYWAY, these Angel stories would be awesome collected and published. I don’t know what that would entail but I’d buy one. Probably give some as gifts. Just sayin’

  25. Steve - December 26, 2022 3:05 pm


  26. Priscilla Rodgers - December 26, 2022 3:29 pm

    I believe also.

  27. Lyn Brown - December 26, 2022 3:36 pm

    I was visited by an Angel when I was 10. Too long a story to tell, it it told me not to be afraid anymore; that he/she brought me a message: that, although those who should love us don’t always, but there is One who will always love and care for me .

    • Charline Kirk - December 27, 2022 1:37 am


  28. MR - December 26, 2022 3:41 pm

    God is great, because, God is good. He loves us all, each and every one of us, and he waits for each of us to return to him as we are all the prodigal sons and daughters, who’ve distant ourselves from him, His arms are open and he is waiting to welcome us back with open arms. Talk to God often, He loves you, he is listening and will answer your cries for help and help you to discern what to do to be close to him. God bless each of you! Merry Christmas!

    • Gigi - December 26, 2022 4:13 pm

      @ MR ~ well said !

  29. Rufus Ornduff - December 26, 2022 3:43 pm

    Amen Sean I hope this will lead more people to believe in jesus christ thank you for this enlightening post.

  30. Carolyn Waldron - December 26, 2022 3:44 pm

    I for one believe and KNOW that there are God’s angels among us. Thank You, Heavenly Father!

  31. Peggy M. Windham - December 26, 2022 3:48 pm

    I certainly believe in angels! I believe they are all around us. I know that’s God’s way of helping us poor folks who seem to always find ourselves in trouble. I know without a doubt in my mind that my God and Savior watches over us all. He’s been by my side my entire life. I’m 70 years old! God be with you, Sean. Thanks for sharing stories like these so that hopefully you reach a non-believer just in time!

  32. Linda Hill - December 26, 2022 3:58 pm

    My husband just survived an accident,he had a stroke ,totaled his truck and all he remembers is a lady standing at the truck door ,I know it was an angel he was not hurt and the next day he had no injuries and he wasn’t sore from the crash.He crashed down a steep reven into trees.I believe in Jesus our savior ,there all miracles,I know in my heart it’s sooo true

  33. Tom - December 26, 2022 3:59 pm

    So do I.

  34. Steven E Rafferty - December 26, 2022 4:14 pm

    With all the darkness that seems to surround us daily these accounts of angels in action lift my spirits and renews my hope that all shall be well and Jesus will have the last word. Thanks Shawn I do believe!!

  35. Gigi - December 26, 2022 4:15 pm

    I absolutely, 100% believe !

  36. Stacey Wallace - December 26, 2022 4:36 pm

    He absolutely is with us. Thanks, Sean. Love to you, Jamie, Marigold, Otis Campbell, and Thelma Lou.

  37. Cathy - December 26, 2022 4:46 pm

    Believing or Having Faith is the key to all God’s Greatness! Just Believe….

  38. sjhl7 - December 26, 2022 5:24 pm

    Amen and amen!

  39. Ruth - December 26, 2022 5:31 pm

    Yes, God with us! What an amazing truth. Please continue to tell us these truths about real people. They deserve that their story is told and God bless you for being willing to do so.

  40. Marilyn Mason - December 26, 2022 6:16 pm

    Me too! ♥️🎄🙏👍👍 Merry Christmas Sean. Blessings to you and yours.

  41. Molly - December 26, 2022 6:20 pm

    I love these angel adventures! I believe. I hope and pray more people will see how important God is in the lives of believers. Trust in Him. Obey Him.

  42. Fran Willard - December 26, 2022 6:20 pm

    Thank you for these wonderful stories!! And so true, He and his Angels are with us every day!!!

  43. jstephenw - December 26, 2022 6:45 pm

    Once again, thanks for sharing your gift. Merry Christmas to you and Jamie.

  44. Judi Braddy - December 26, 2022 7:04 pm

    Me, too. Thanks Sean.

  45. Jan - December 26, 2022 7:32 pm

    I believe too, Sean. I appreciate your uplifting writings! Merry Christmas to you, your wife, and your dogs.

  46. Donna Bell - December 26, 2022 7:32 pm

    Amen Sean. God is with us and because of Him, so am I. The Lord bless you and keep you.

  47. Tim House - December 26, 2022 7:38 pm

    Amen! I’ve been hearing and reading about such happenings most of my seventy one years. I also believe they often do their works unseen, even by those who are receiving their touch. I may even have experienced it.

    • PMc - December 26, 2022 9:57 pm

      I had a patient that I will always believe was an angel. I had been given some really bad news and was alone in dealing with it. He brought me comfort and peace and I will never forget how he made me feel. Angels come into our lives when we are in need. I Believe 🙏
      Peace and Love from Birmingham

  48. Karen - December 26, 2022 8:20 pm

    So true.

  49. Shane Gray - December 26, 2022 8:42 pm

    And I believe with you even though you don’t care… Merry Christmas and Happy New Yopear Sean & family!

  50. Kathy - December 26, 2022 11:14 pm

    Yes, it’s not “up there;” God is among us.

  51. 1018le - December 26, 2022 11:44 pm

    AMEN! AMEN! God with us! Thanks, Sean! 🙂

  52. pattymack43 - December 26, 2022 11:44 pm

    So do I!! Believe, that is. 🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏

  53. Dennis - December 27, 2022 12:09 am

    I was in class with a married guy with kids. To be brief, one of his kids was an 8yr old girl. His knee was really shredded and he had no insurance. He was working and going to school. One night he wakes up. In the dark he sees his little girl. He tells her, “go back to bed”. She lays her hand on his knee and his knee gets real warm. She didn’t say a word, turned, and went back to bed. Of course, his next knee exam showed a completely healthy knee.

  54. Elizabeth Wong - December 27, 2022 12:25 am

    These stories give me hope. Thank you for these gifts of writing.

  55. MAM - December 27, 2022 12:36 am

    Absolutely, He is with us at all times, if we would just realize it and thank Him for what he does for us every day! Merry Christmas a day late!

  56. Linda Moon - December 27, 2022 12:36 am

    “There’s not much we can do for you.” I heard those words from a doctor 15 years ago. Unseen beings have been watching over my family and me for a long time, and two of my family guys are so very much like you, Sean. God’s with them and you, too. Thank you, messenger, for reminding us of His presence.

  57. Nancy Barela - December 27, 2022 12:48 am

    So do I!

  58. Charline Kirk - December 27, 2022 1:35 am

    An angel has visited and spoken to me three times. Once, the Holy Spirit slapped me on the back of the head like I was DiNosno on NCIS and He was Gibbs. They are all around us. Just need to believe.

  59. Rhonda - December 27, 2022 2:28 am


  60. Gloria Van Nostrand - December 27, 2022 2:52 am

    I absolutely believe in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I also believe in angels and miracles. I have seen too many miracles to NOT believe in them. They cannot be explained by doctors, medicine, or science; but they are very real.
    Please keep telling these miraculous stories. We know they are real. ❤️

  61. Barbara - December 27, 2022 3:26 am

    Thank you

  62. peanut💛 - December 27, 2022 3:30 am

    I love angel stories, write more anytime ☺️

  63. Kathie Drake - December 27, 2022 4:12 am


  64. R Becker - December 27, 2022 7:03 am

    Love the stories! Thanks!

  65. Sue Perry-Kun - December 27, 2022 9:55 am

    Thank you Sean.

  66. David Grant - December 27, 2022 11:29 am

    Thanks Sean: Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year. Write on brother.

  67. lesliehanson411hotmailcom - December 27, 2022 12:09 pm

    Your wonderful stories start my day on a positive note (Don’t read the newspaper any more!) I know God is with us and you are but one of the many reasons I know this – there are angels everywhere and all we have to do is smile and share to see them and be seen by them! Thank you

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  69. Linda Long - December 27, 2022 3:09 pm

    I believe He is with us too, Sean.

  70. Margaret - December 27, 2022 4:00 pm

    Yes!! 😇 Amen and Amen😇

  71. Belinda - December 27, 2022 4:13 pm

    I believe !!!!!!!

  72. Sandra Bailey - December 27, 2022 7:53 pm

    Just want to thank you for your stories. I too believe there are angels all around. We lost our beautiful 48 year old daughter to leukemia in late 2021. We had thousands of people praying for a miracle to heal her,but, we had to accept that was not HIS plan. Rebecca knew her Savior and knew where she was going. He provided her supernatural courage that last month. She lived 11 months after she was diagnosed. I saw many miracles during those months but healing her was not one of them. Your stories lift my spirits and remind me Rebecca was needed in heaven for a higher calling God Bless you and continue to write! You certainly have a God given talent. Sandy

  73. Madeleine Kintz - December 27, 2022 9:55 pm

    Thank you for reminding us of HIS methods of showing up to touch us or rescue us in such simple and uncomplicated narrative fashion which describes HIS meeting us in our everyday existence, an act which doesn’t draw attention to HIM, but to HIS relationship with us.,

  74. Sue Cronkite - December 28, 2022 1:13 am

    Me too!❤️

  75. Patricia Gibson - December 28, 2022 2:42 am

    I totally agree!!🙏

  76. Michael Stransky - December 28, 2022 4:53 pm

    Love you bro !

  77. Barbara - December 30, 2022 11:13 am

    I have Seen His miraculous works too! With my very own eyes! Thank you Lord!!!

  78. Susan Mitchell - December 31, 2022 6:13 pm

    Amen Sean! Your articles inspire me every day, thank you ❤️

  79. Tawanah Fagan Bagwell - January 1, 2023 3:07 am

    I definitely believe in angels. Billy Graham said that we are each assigned one Angel who stands behind us on our right side. We can have other angels to come to help out but, that one is always with us. Jesus lived and died for us. We must honor His Holy Name!

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  81. Brenda S French - January 11, 2023 10:20 pm

    God is good. So many things we cannot explain. As a retired nurse I decided many years ago just smile when you can and cry when you have to. I know several people right now who need a miracle for health reasons but the truth is they are happy to move on because they have hope on the other side.

  82. JIM MORRIS - May 25, 2023 1:26 pm

    Love this stuff…thank you Sean…we saw you a few nights ago in Florence, Al…My business partner bought a copy of all of your books…it didn’t matter that she already had a copy of each at home…the lady loves you, Sean…thank you for being there!


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