‘Proof of An­gels’ tells the story of voice heard dur­ing baby’s mirac­u­lous res­cue

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

March 2015: Tyler Bed­does and three of his fel­low Span­ish Fork po­lice of­fi­cers res­cued 18-mon­thold Lily Groes­beck from an over­turned car found par­tially sub­merged in the Span­ish Fork River. The river res­cue story was re­mark­able, but what re­ally cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the world was the mys­te­ri­ous voice the of­fi­cers heard that day.

Bed­does shares how of­fi­cers heard and re­sponded to a woman’s voice say­ing, “Help me, help me.” As they turned the car on its side, they could see the driver was de­ceased, but in the back seat was an in­fant sus­pended in a car seat - now un­der­wa­ter. They knew time was of the essence if the baby could be saved.

Ev­ery­one on scene heard the calm voice com­ing from in­side the car, but how could that be pos­si­ble since nei­ther the driver nor the baby could speak? Of­fi­cer Bed­does is con­vinced that it was an an­gel.

In his newly re­leased book “Proof of An­gels,” coau­thored by Ptolemy Tomp­kins, Bed­does talks about his ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the res­cue.

“I’m com­fort­able call­ing who­ever spoke it an an­gel, be­cause an­gels are mes­sen­gers. And if ever I’ve been given a mes­sage, I was that day, while try­ing to right that car,” he writes.

Co-au­thor Ptolemy Tomp­kins has col­lected sto­ries of an­gelic en­coun­ters. For 10 years, he worked at a mag­a­zine called “An­gels on Earth,” a sis­ter pub­li­ca­tion of Guide­posts, and he has writ­ten ar­ti­cles that have ap­peared in sev­eral other na­tional mag­a­zines. He is the au­thor of seven books in­clud­ing the best-seller “Proof of Heaven.”

When Tomp­kins heard the story of the voice plead­ing for help for the un­con­scious baby Lily, he knew he wanted to write about it. He in­ter­twines the story of her mirac­u­lous res­cue with other sto­ries of the vis­its of an­gels. Tomp­kins also be­lieves that th­ese true sto­ries must be shared to build faith.

Tomp­kins writes, “We have a crit­i­cal need not for signs and won­ders, be­cause we al­ready have them. What we need is the fac­ulty to open our minds and ac­cept them. We need events that demon­strate that the spir­i­tual world is real, that it is pop­u­lated, and that it is watched over by a God who cares about us.”

Tyler Bed­does felt even if peo­ple doubted or crit­i­cized him, he still needed to tell the story and share the mes­sage that an­gels are in­deed real and that he and his fel­low res­cuers heard those words, “Help me, help me.”

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