I have said many times that I have no doubt that we are God's children and that so often we are absolutely surrounded by those on the other side of the veil. In "Say What You Need to Say," Holly says the following:
"I have often marveled at how we know that God's children are as countless as the sands of the sea, yet there have been times I was certain, because of how He answered my prayers, that I was His only child. I remember very clearly having the feeling of being stronger than I should have been... I was being held up by a power stronger than my own and beyond what I could see with my mortal eyes. I sensed being aware, for the first time in my life, that angels were close by and were there to strengthen me."
Oh, how I believe this and how I second everything Holly said. There have been too many times for me to count where I look back on my life and see that clearly, and so obviously, I was strengthened and carried by those who were sent to lift me. Some of these people have been angels on earth. Others have been angels on the other side of the veil. But, regardless I have been the recipient of those blessings over and over and over again. We are NEVER alone. Ever.
I love the instruction that we often get to "Pray to see the tender mercies in our lives." They are there. We just need eyes to see them and hearts to feel them. We just need to ask.
Yesterday, my Jackson had a rotten - no good - very bad day. He called me at lunchtime crying. He said he needed his mom and he wanted to go home. I picked him up and took him home. I told him that he could spend the rest of the day/night crying and being sad and upset and scared and angry. I said a prayer that God would hold him in the hollow of His hands. Then I told him that this morning, he would get up and hold his head high. He would walk tall and do what was expected of him today. I told him I loved him and that I would always, always be here for him, but that sometimes we need to take the first step to keep going. I reminded him that Heavenly Father would be with him if he asked.
I have no question that if Jackson asked in faith, he will be surrounded by angels today.