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“Angels Among Us”

God has sent angels to help me along the way. This road has been rocky, I’ve needed them. There are a few who stand out, and will be forever in my heart. Regina, my nurse in the Intensive Care Unit is one of them. I didn’t know what the next day would bring, if I would wake up, or how many more breaths I would take. She was my anchor, and I clung onto her for dear life. I nicknamed her “Regu” for short. That’s just me, in the midst of pain and unpredictability; I found a way to joke. My personality grew on her.

She was the first to tell me I would walk. She said the Lord told her so in a dream. I was running to her in it. “Regina, Regina, thank you!” in the dream I said. I’m not running yet Regina, but I still believe in your dream. The Lord has brought me far. I’m still holding onto that faith.

Dennis came to visit. I worked with him briefly at a fruit market just before my accident, for about a few months in the summer/fall of 1994. This man was amazing. He always had a smile on his face. He was always singing hymns to God. I thought this was strange. I never knew anyone that way. Each time he saw me in the isle, he made me smile. “Zina, smile, let me see that beautiful smile, come on smile,” he would say. I’ll never forget it. I couldn’t walk past him until I smiled! He responded after my accident. I didn’t know him very long, but he brought flowers and came to visit on the weekends. He brought prayer booklets, and talked to me about God and faith.

My left arm was stuck at a 90 degree angle from the crash. The orthopedic therapists could not get it straight. It was a team of two women trying for about a month. One day, Dennis got up and stood next to my bed. He held my left arm gently at my elbow and began to intently pray. He was talking to God. After several minutes, my arm began to get warm, and was starting to stretch. I wasn’t afraid, I trusted him. I knew what he was doing was okay. After around fifteen minutes, finally he got my arm straight! God straightened my arm that day through Dennis. I’ll never forget it.

If God didn’t heal my arm through Dennis, I would’ve never gotten up on parallel bars. I would’ve never been able to use crutches as I do now. Imagine trying to get up on bars or walk with walking devices with an arm stuck at 90 degrees? It’s not possible. Dennis performed a healing work on me. I thank God for the angels he’s sent along the way.


  1. ginger
    December 9, 2012 at 11:14 am

    You are always soooo inspiring!!! Keep writing as you have much to tell us. My hero. Love ya


    • December 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Love you too Ginger. Thank you for always supporting me!!


  2. December 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. I thank God that I knew you.


    • December 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

      I’m thankful we’ve had the chance to meet Cristian! You are a good friend.


  3. December 9, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing this…I needed the reminder! Yes, there are angels among us 🙂


    • December 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

      It’s true Nancy, they’re all around us…….:-)


  4. December 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Zina, you are an immensely talented and gifted writer. Your spiritual based writings provide so much to those of us who are similarly injured. Your recounting of your spiritual journey helps provide answers to the questions we ask in pursuit of the “Greater” meaning of our suffering. Thanks again and please keep em comin’!


    • December 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Thank you Pete. I feel blessed immensely for you to say I am gifted and talented at writing. If I can help inspire anyone (especially with an injury like mine), I am grateful!


  5. JoJo
    February 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    you are so beautiful and you people around you are very very beautiful . god helping you by them


  6. shaylap76
    April 29, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Thank you for writing this.


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