Helen and Don snore softly and dream sweetly until they are jolted up from their bed by loud banging at their door and the sobbing and yelling of their 4-year-old grandson, Ben. ¡°Gramma! Grampa! He¡¯s gonna hurt me! Help me! Help me! Please!¡±
Helen pulls the door open and Don picks up Ben, squeezing the boy to his chest. Gramma asks, ¡°Who¡¯s going to hurt you, Ben?¡±
¡°Mamma¡¯s boyfriend; he said he was gonna hurt me really for sure this time.¡±
Grampa looks into Ben¡¯s tear-covered face and asks, ¡°When did he say that?¡±
¡°He was in my room, Grampa. He was standing next to my bed. He said he was gonna hurt me really for sure this time.¡±
Helen, almost crying herself and with hand on little Ben¡¯s shoulder, consoles, ¡°No Ben, it was another bad dream.¡±
Grampa kindly adds, ¡°Ben, while I¡¯ve got you in my arms, let¡¯s take a look in your room.¡± Don carries Ben to the bedroom as Helen turns on the light. Don looks around the room and then encourages Ben, ¡°See, there¡¯s no one in here. And, we¡¯ll never let your mamma¡¯s boyfriend enter our house ¨C you can be sure of that, Ben.
¡°But Grampa ¨C he might be under the bed or in the closet.¡±
Helen thoroughly checks the closet. ¡°No Ben, he¡¯s not in here.¡± Then she gets down on her hands and knees and stares under Ben¡¯s bed. ¡°There¡¯s no one under your bed either, Ben.¡±
Ben whimpers, ¡°But he might come back when you¡¯re gone.¡±
¡°Let¡¯s all get down on our knees,¡± Grampa suggests. With Ben in the middle; Grampa, Gramma and the shaking boy line up on knees along the side of Ben¡¯s bed. Grampa begins, ¡°Dear Jesus, Gramma and I will be within hearing distance of Ben all night, as we always are - can you reassure Ben of this? And Jesus, you¡¯ll be right here in this room with him all night. Help him to know this.
Gramma adds, ¡°Jesus, can you calm Ben¡¯s mind; he¡¯s had to face some hard things for his young age. Let him know that you love him so much.¡±
There¡¯s silence until Ben whispers, ¡°I love you too, Jesus; Amen.¡± Ben stands up and gets into bed. ¡°Good night Gramma; Good night Grampa. Can you give me a kiss?¡¯
Gramma answers, ¡°Wouldn¡¯t miss it for nothing.¡±
Grampa adds, ¡°Me neither, Ben.
The human angels kiss Ben and with red eyes and big smiles leave his room.
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