Angels Watching Over Us
By Joan Anderson

Goosebumps from God

I have a theory that you won’t find in the Bible. I think that goosebumps come from God. 

Think about it. We rely mainly on our intellects as we navigate our way through life, largely ignoring the mystical, the unexplainable. Then comes a special and unexpected happening—a baby’s coo, an extraordinary piece of music or touching story, and our bodies react independent of the intellect: chills, tears, a lump in the throat, or goosebumps. 

Maybe in these moments God is bypassing our brains and going straight to our hearts, saying, “Pay attention. This is where you find Me.”  

Have you experienced the hair standing up on your arms? Or unexpected tears? How did you perceive it? What other kinds of signs do you think God sends?

Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She began her writing career in 1973 with family humor articles and was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980s. Among her 16 books is Where Angels Walk, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year. Her newest book is Angelic Tails: True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions (Loyola Press).