Ed­ward — an an­gel with a lug wrench

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

IT was New Year’s Eve and my hus­band and I had just left the MTS Cen­tre af­ter a 3-0 win over Buf­falo. GO, JETS, GO. How­ever, af­ter pulling out of the park­ing lot, we saw a woman mouth the words no one wants to hear in -30C Win­nipeg weather, par­tic­u­larly on New Year’s Eve: “Your tire is flat.” We thanked her for let­ting us know, and then I started to pray we would make it to a ser­vice sta­tion. We could hear the scrap­ing of the rim as we drove. Thank­fully, we made it to the Shell sta­tion on Portage Av­enue and Mary­land Street. We as­sumed we’d call our road as­sis­tance provider and help would soon be on the way. We couldn’t have been more wrong. The phone rep­re­sen­ta­tive in­formed us that there would be an ap­prox­i­mately 16-hour wait. What to do? What to do? I quickly made a call to a lo­cal tow­ing com­pany. Sadly, they too said we’d have to wait un­til the next day for a tow. So again I started to pray, noth­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary. Some­thing like, “It’s New Year’s Eve and we need a mir­a­cle, Lord. Please help us.” Sim­ply ac­knowl­edg­ing our de­pen­dence upon God and lift­ing our need to Him in prayer. Not even two min­utes af­ter that, a man ap­proached our car. Within sec­onds, he was pop­ping off the hub cap and re­mov­ing the lug nuts. He moved so quickly and skil­fully that I joked, “Do you do this for a liv­ing or some­thing?” He glanced up and smiled. “Ac­tu­ally, I do,” he replied. We couldn’t be­lieve it. Some will call it luck; we call it an­swered prayer. And yet we won­der: how many peo­ple would stop to help a stranger in -30 weather? And on New Year’s Eve, yet? We learned his name was Ed­ward. We told him that he was an an­gel sent to us straight from God. God uses or­di­nary peo­ple to do ex­tra­or­di­nary things. Thank you again, Ed­ward. And thank you to the woman who waited for Ed­ward while he helped us. The world needs more peo­ple like you.

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