The Daily Seed
Leonard Day’s Story
A Note from Kathy: This is the third in a series of blogs on angels. Today, I’m continuing to share what I learned from the late Leonard Day of High Point, N.C. from attending three of his numerous speaking engagements and two of his courses on angels – one which lasted three nights and the other, six. I also took part of the information for this blog from a freelance article I wrote on Leonard which ran in the Salisbury Post on Dec. 23, 1998.
Angels played an important role in the late Leonard Day’s Catholic upbringing.
But when he married his wife, Lurana, and eventually joined her Methodist church, Leonard found that the role of angels was less important in the Protestant denominations. He wanted to understand why, and that led him to begin researching angels and their role in religion.
In 1992 – after 21 years of research – Leonard created a ministry of sharing what he had learned with others. When I went to hear him speak in 1998, he was president of Angels Inc. and editor of AngelWatch, a bimonthly journal with subscriptions numbering in the thousands.
Leonard had also written articles about angels for other publications, had contributed to the book, “Angels A-Z” and written “Angels in the Bible, a scriptural text and commentary. He had been featured on television many times and continued to make a regular appearance on Fox 8’s morning show in High Point every first and fourth Monday, during which he accepted calls from viewers.
In addition, Leonard hosted a radio program called “Speaking of Angels” at a High Point station and as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, served as a consultant on the angel of death to the producers of the popular television series, “Touched by An Angel.”
My communication with Leonard did not end when I finished the Dec. 23, 1998 article I wrote about him for the Salisbury Post. I kept up with his speaking appearances and at one point – though I have no idea when – I went to hear him again at the Davie County Library in my hometown of Mocksville, N.C.
It was in the fall of 2003, I believe, when I heard he was offering a six-week course at the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College, also in Mocksville. A couple of my friends had taken the first course he did there, and they told me it was wonderful.
I signed up for the course and convinced my friends, Shayne Madison – who is my partner on the “10,000 Doves” project – and Hazel Dyson to take it with me.
In teaching classes about angels at 10 community colleges through the years, Leonard focused on the history of the celestial beings in not only religion but other areas such as art. He was an artist himself and was even commissioned to do angel paintings for various churches.
My favorite part of the 11 times (counting each class of the courses) I heard him speak was when he shared his own encounters with angels as well as the encounters others had shared with him through the years.
Leonard said his first encounter with an angel happened one evening after a speaking engagement in 1994. He had stopped to get gas at a service station when he noticed another car pull in.
As Leonard walked in to pay for his gas, the older gentleman inside the car called him over. He asked Leonard his name, so he told him. Afterward, Leonard said the man told him his name was “Gabriel Hart.”
The man then asked Leonard where he had been, so he told him about how we went around speaking about angels. “Then he looked right at me,” Leonard told me when I interviewed him in 1998, “and he said, ‘Leonard Day, this is the day that the Lord has given you.’ ”
Recognizing the words as a variation of a verse from Psalms, Leonard said he thanked the man and went inside. The man then got out of his car and followed him, saying to the cashier, “This is Leonard Day, and this is the day that the Lord has made for him.”
When Leonard walked out and got back in his car, he said the man followed him again, stuck his head halfway in the open window and said, “We know what you are doing for God and His angels, and you always need to speak in truth and love.”
At that point, Leonard told me, the man’s face began to change right in front of him. His blue eyes became very bright, he said, as if a light was radiating through them from within.
After that, Leonard said he walked back inside to get something to drink, and the cashier brought up what the man had said. When she did, he said they both turned to look out the window and saw the man and his car disappear into thin air.
Later, Leonard said he tried to locate a Gabriel Hart in the phone book, even trying different spellings, but couldn’t find one.
One day in 1996, when Leonard had finished his morning television show in High Point, he received a telephone call from a woman who said she had been seeing angels around people for almost a year.
When she saw Leonard on television, the woman told him, she saw his angel. When he asked her to describe it, he said her descripton sounded just like the man he had encountered at the service station.
Coming Tomorrow: I’ll share more of what I learned about angels from the late Leonard Day, who I’ll always remember as the Angel Man.