It might surprise you to learn that the Amish believe in angels—good ones and bad ones—who are with us and around us in our modern world, hoping to help or hurt our life’s journey.
A few years ago, I interviewed an Amish bishop who shared an encounter he once had with an angel, so I felt it would be credible to create a “heavenly host” character in a novel. This bishop explained that he had been stranded on the roadside during a severe winter storm. A car had appeared out of nowhere and the kind driver stopped to offer him a ride to his destination. As the car drove off, there were no tire tracks left in its wake. My bishop friend believed his rescuer to be an angel.
Still, as I wrote Christmas at Rose Hill Farm, I tread carefully around this topic. The Amish take the Bible very literally and, frankly, so do I. In this story, an angel named George was “assigned” to Billy Lapp, a troubled soul. His goal was to help Billy make amends before it was too late.
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