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Edward — an angel with a lug wrench

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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.

— Darcy and Kevin Rheubottom

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