Diane, the University Student Protected From a Rapist by Angels-Unproven!

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The story of Diane, a college student home for the summer.  After an evening with friends, she walks home via an alleyway.  In the alley, there is a man, but she prays for protection, feels the strength of that, and continues on home with incident.  The next day, she learns that there was a rape in the alley after she had been there.  She tells the police about the man she saw, identifies him in a line-up, and the man confesses to being the rapist.  He tells the police that he didn't rape Diane because of the two tall men walking with her.
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Last updated 8/25/01
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THIS IS A REALLY COOL STORY AND NOTICE, AT THE END, THE DATE THE CANDLE WAS STARTED.

Diane, a young university student, was home for the summer. She had gone to visit some friends one evening and time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than planned, and had to walk home alone. She wasn't afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away. 

As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane asked "God" to keep her safe from harm and danger. When she reached the alley, which was a short cut to her house,  she decided to take it, however, halfway down the alley she noticed a  man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for "God's"  protection. Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her, she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man  and arrived home safely. The following day, she read in the newspaper that a young girl had been raped in the same alley, just twenty minutes after she had been there. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could  have been her, she began to weep. 

Thanking the Lord for her safety and  to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station.  She felt she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to see if she could identify him. She agreed and immediately  pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before. When the  man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed. The officer thanked Diane for her bravery and asked if there was anything they could do for her. She asked if they would ask the  man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, "Because she wasn't alone. She  had two tall men walking on either side of her." 
Moral of the story... Don't underestimate the power of Prayer ! Gives ya Goosebumps doesn't it! To all of you who mean something to me, I wish you happiness. 

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