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March 30, 2005 - "Letter To a Stranger" by Michele Starkey



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"Letter To a Stranger"
by Michele Starkey

I stop every morning for coffee at our local Dunkin' Donuts. After doing this every day for almost five years, you begin to notice the same morning people and you develop a sort of "Hi - how are you?" conversation with them. One of the morning people is the man who manages the local car dealership. This particular morning, I noticed that he was not his chipper self. I provided the polite, "Hi, how are you?" only to be met with "Not so good. My friend has been diagnosed with brain cancer. He's not coping well."

I prayed about it all day long and that inner voice that has come to guide my path began to relentlessly urge me to do something. I wrote a letter to a stranger:

Dear Kevin,

I don't know you but it's important to tell you that I am praying for you. I met up with your friend, Bob, at Dunkin' Donuts this morning and he told me a little about your circumstance. I suffered and survived a brain hemorrhage in March of 1999. I was flown via helicopter to Westchester Medical Center and underwent 11 hours of brain surgery. A second surgery followed the next day to install a brain shunt in my head. It was a horrid time in my life. My mother began to tell people about my unfortunate event and they began to pray for me - many of the people were total strangers.

While I spent six long weeks in the neuro ICU ward, a miraculous thing began to happen. I started to be at peace with myself. Total peace. I can hardly explain it to you. I was never really a religious or spiritual person, but I began to feel God's healing presence with me. I was no longer afraid or angry at my situation. I surrendered to total acceptance and was prepared to accept whatever come what may.

As it turned out, I recovered - against all odds - and even opened a fitness franchise for women. This, in spite of the fact, that the doctors were so sure that I would have physical and mental deficits. Imagine that.

I don't know where you are in your walk with God, but I can tell you that no matter what you are facing, no matter how dire the situation may seem at the moment, you don't have to walk alone. The peace of God's presence can walk with you if you open your heart and allow Him to reveal himself to you.

I believe in the power of prayer. I am praying for total and absolute peace to overwhelm you. Ask God, He listens.

May the grace, mercy and peace of Jesus Christ enter your heart, your life and fill you with an abundance of calm to face any storm.

I will be praying for you just like so many kind-hearted strangers prayed for me. It's the least that I can do.

In His Love and mine,
Shelly J

I dropped the letter off at the car dealership and asked the receptionist to give it to Bob. She told me that Bob wasn't in at the moment because he was at the hospital visiting a friend. I nodded, "I know. The letter is for his friend." When I walked back outside to my car, I noticed how particularly beautiful the sunset was. God must have been smiling.

Michele Starkey copyright 2005  

Michele Starkey is a brain aneurysm survivor who is living life to the fullest with her husband, Keith. She is thankful to God for the second chance at life she has been given. Intercessory prayer is an expression of her gratitude. Her previous stories, "Seymour Shuffles" & "Spare Change" are found on 2TheHeart.



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The Letter Box:

Re: "Jack's Lily"

That's a beautiful story, Susan. Just imagine how wonderfully we're made ... even our imaginations can be used by the Lord to bring us God's Truth! I, in my mind's eye, 'saw' Jack a lonely, sad, empty man bereft of any hope within, looking at the lily and seeing something new ... anew. New life emerging from the ashes. And with it, the promise of life yet to come.

May God use such stories to help us see life in new ways too. The Lord Jesus Christ, the 'Lily of the Valley', lived life, died and rose again so that any of us can come and find true hope in Him. And, like that lily on the dirt, He stands before us as the Way to finding eternal life, never to see death as the end, but as the door to a greater life.

Let each of us be like Jack and be seekers who find the Way.

Robert White, Australia

Dear Susan, (RE: Jack's Lily)

What a wonderful heartwarming story. I'm sure the Lord cheered in the heavens and choirs of angels were singing in celebration of yet another lost sheep that had been found and brought back into the fold.

You and baby are in my prayers. Rest in the knowledge that God is with you and is in control.

Love and God Bless
Sue Hughes, Doha, Quatar

Dear Lou Dean,

On March 28 I read your story, Message in a Memory. I cried continuously for the little girls, you and your mother. I think God must have given you that wonderful dream of the two of you together as children. I love the gentle spirit I see in you through your writing. Thank you for a story filled with goodness. Thank you for reminding each of us to look for the child within . Keep on writing!

Let your light shine.

Ellie Braun-HAley

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