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I received tons of mail about our new writer, Robert VanDerslice and his story “Someone Named Mama”! If you missed it, you can read it online in our story archives. I look forward to sharing more of Robert’s writings! Today I have a new story by 2TheHeart fave, Mike Segal. As always, Mike’s story will lift your heart and spirits today. Be sure to write to him or the Letter Box and visit his inspiring web site (link in his bio)!
“She Sings Like An Angel” by Michael Segal, MSW
Her voice was like an angel that day--singing so beautifully. It was the Jewish High Holidays services at the synagogue and her solo in the choir that afternoon was extra breathtaking. Everyone in the congregation sat with tears in their eyes--it was that powerful and moving. Sharon Rice sang perhaps even more beautifully that day because it seemed as if she had extra help from God.
Ten Years Earlier
Sharon was always trying to help people. In the community, Sharon was always there to help. If a person needed a ride to the doctor, Sharon would volunteer; if someone needed a meal, Sharon would cook it; if any individual needed anything, Sharon would try to make it happen.
Sharon was so nice, so sweet, and so helpful. However, on that eventful day, ten years ago, most people merely thought of themselves because they were in the synagogue with their families on one of the holiest days of the Jewish calendar. But that day was a traumatic day for Sharon and her family as soon Sharon would be diagnosed with cancer.
The physicians were very pessimistic, telling the family that their wife and their mother only had a short time to live. However, Sharon was a fighter. She said, “My work is not finished,” and she fooled everyone.
It was not easy. Aside from her illness, her husband also became ill and there were other family “difficulties.” However, Sharon learned that all human beings have “problems” or “difficulties.” Therefore, she was not interested in the “problems”, only in the “solutions.”
Even though Sharon’s health was like a roller coaster throughout the decade, she was far more concerned with her loved ones than herself. One time, for example, she went for a checkup at the hospital. Unfortunately, the physician expressed sorrow over her cancer spreading. The doctor said, “You need to plan.” Sharon thanked him and left the hospital. Did she go home to sulk? Did she feel sorry for herself? If not, what did she do?
She did the only thing she could think of. She went on to do what she always did: help others, and she was excellent in that dimension of life.
No matter how bleak it would appear for Sharon, she would always be smiling, with concern for the other person. Yes, Sharon Rice was a wonderful person; some might say “an angel on earth.” But even angels sometime have to return home, and after a long, and sometimes difficult illness, Sharon passed away.
At her funeral at the synagogue, the Rabbi concluded his eulogy with the taped version of Sharon’s beautiful and powerful High Holiday solo that was recorded just a few months before. Even though Sharon was so ill those weeks, her voice had been magnificent. All were weeping in the synagogue as the Rabbi concluded with the audio tape of Sharon’s solo. However, I imagine Sharon was smiling from the heavens above as she was singing in tune with the taped recording of her beautiful prayer.
Sharon did have a beautiful voice; however, she also had a beautiful soul; one that will live on for eternity.
©2007 by Michael Segal, M.S.W.; all rights reserved
Shot in the head during a robbery, Michael Jordan Segal defied all odds by first surviving and then returning to college. He then earned two degrees with honors, married his high school sweetheart, Sharon, and became a father to his daughter Shawn. Mike is a social worker at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and an author (currently he has two book projects he's working on: an autobiography and an anthology of his short stories). He also is a popular inspirational speaker sharing his "recipe" for recovery, happiness, and success. Please visit www.InspirationByMike.com , www.sterlingspeakers.com/segal.htm or call, toll free in the USA/Canada, 1-877-226-1003 for more information.
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