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Mary-Ellen's beautiful story really struck a chord with me. I too believe that our Father in Heaven allows our loved ones who have gone ahead to be with us from time to time. Sometimes it's in a subtle feeling of warmth that they are there, and other times, it's a more tangible signal, but I feel our loved ones are never far. Be sure to email Mary-Ellen, or 2TheHeart if her story affected you. We love to hear from our readers!
"The Heavenly Side of Ghost-ly" by Mary-Ellen Grisham
The phone was ringing in the night and I came awake, startled. A year or so ago my mom had fallen and suffered a complicated hip fracture. I was so afraid that she had fallen again. Slowly I sat up to take the phone my husband was groggily handing to me.
It was the same aunt who had called me about Mom's entrance into the emergency ward at the local hospital in St. Louis County. This time, though, the news was sobering and final. My brother had been killed in a home accident late Christmas night. I was stunned. My mind kept thinking...no, no, no, this cannot be right. My Aunt is too calm. There must be some mistake, but there was no avoiding the painful truth. My brother was dead - at the height of his legal career, with two young children left behind with his grieving wife.
My husband and I began to get ready, and while he was showering, I sat at the end of our bed, putting on my shoes. Suddenly, within my mind, I could hear my brother's voice talking to me. While his message was personal and private, my heart and soul knew that this was a message from his spirit through the Holy Spirit. He gave assurance of life everlasting, the special province of God's time, and the overwhelming power of love. This communication began to alleviate the unbearable pain and loss I was feeling. I stood, ready for the drive to my aunt's house where my mother was staying after the shocking news came to her.
Even though my faith and Bible study cause me to believe that I should not be involved with negative spiritual influences or mental harassment of any kind, I felt my brother's communication from beyond was for the purpose of love and comfort. I thought that it was a form of God's special comfort to me at a time of devastating loss. Several times throughout the troubled days to follow I felt my brother's presence with us and his words in my mind. With this spiritual strengthening, I was able to help my mom in her extreme grief and make it through all the funeral home proceedings and burial.
At the funeral, the presiding minister spoke of the "no sea" passage in Revelations 21:1, giving it a comforting symbolic interpretation. He saw the absence of a sea as a way of saying that people would be brought together in spirit as well as in reality. There would be no more distances and alienation between people. Those that we had not fully related to previously would be in open and loving relationship with us, and there would be no absolute barriers between heaven and earth. At times my relationship with my brother had been competitive and troubled, but I realized that in soul and spirit the love was free to become whole.
At the grave-side service on a hill overlooking the Missouri River, another special beauty occurred. Though very late for migration, a bevy of three geese was flying behind a small band of geese in V-formation. The three landed in the river with the one among them who was struggling, one who was perhaps injured or ill. They floated together until the minister finished his reading and prayer, and then with the amen, they took flight together as if renewed for the flight to their next home. With tears in my eyes, I felt this special symbol of love from nature was another sign that all was well with my brother, Ken. I felt, beyond all doubt, that he was happily home with the Lord.
Within the next several years, my husband's sister, Karen, developed ovarian cancer; and even with all her profoundly courageous fight, did succumb to the illness. She died shortly before Thanksgiving that year. Once again, God's great love allowed the special dispensation of spiritual comfort, and I felt Karen's presence with me for weeks after her burial. At the time, I was having personal spiritual difficulties and a very mature battle with evil; and I believe that she lingered in spirit to offer the love of a sister that I had never experienced, partly because at that time my mother had passed to the other side too.
While continuous contact "from the other side" would be unsettling for those of us on earth and perhaps something of a violation of the "chasm" between heaven and earth for those departed, still I think that God allows this spiritual comfort in times of need. My "ghostly" experiences with Ken and Karen convinced me, beyond all doubt, that the love does go on.
(c)2005 Mary-Ellen Grisham
Mary-Ellen is a Christian writer living in Godfrey, Illinois, with her husband and son. See many more of our stories at 2TheHeart.com by clicking the "Stories" link! She is the Editor of Eternal Ink, a Christian ezine newsletter that appears every other week. Her recent book, GRACE NOTES, is available from Amazon.com and from the Xulon Press bookstore. http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/titles/1597814938.htm
The Letter Box:
What a wonderful and uplifting story. I am so happy for you. The Lord can do the impossible and I pray for Noah's hearing to be fully restored.
In writing this story you have shown us something we all take for granted - our hearing, the beautiful sounds we hear like a bee buzzing, a river flowing, trees rustling in the wind, a newborn's cry, so many wondrous sounds that take on a whole different meaning and importance now.
Thank you and God Bless
While not born deaf but having lost much of my hearing, I can remember getting my first hearing aids and marvelling at sounds I had only remembered from "a long time ago" when I was a child. I also remember what a VERY noisy place the world was and was often content to return to my much quieter world. BUT, Noah's brain will eventually adjust if he wears his aids most of the time, and the world will not be quite so "noisy" for him. I am so happy for him that he has been able to experience some of these sounds for the first time!
Peace and Love,
That little guy deserves every miracle that comes his way--tears of joy filled my eyes as the story unfolded. How lovely that mom's dearest wishes could come true!
Hugs and blessings, meg
Sooz, what a very special moment for you and this story really touched my heart thanks for sharing! hugs Joyce Davis, NM
That is an absolutely wonderful story. Noah is a perfect example why we should all believe an miracles and that God hears all prayers. I am so happy for you. Give Noah an extra hug tonight from me.
Susan, What a WONDERFUL story! God certainly does give us miracles. Love and God's blessings to you and your family! Barbara Hoak
I am so happy for you and for Noah. God has his ways to which we may never know but this was clearly his way to help Noah become ready for the world around him.
God bless you all
Jana in Nova Scotia
i'm "catching up" and just read your story on noah. after reading it, i too said "wow!" may God continue to bless your entire family.
keep hope alive,
OH, SOOZ!! I'M TYPING THIS MESSAGE IN ALL-CAPS BECAUSE I WANT TO EMPHASIZE A POINT HERE; WHAT A TRUE MIRACLE ABOUT NOAH'S HEARING AND THE AWESOMELY BEAUTIFUL WAY IN WHICH YOU DESCRIBED IT IN YOUR TRUE STORY. NOT ONLY AM I AMAZED, BUT ALSO THANKFUL TO GOD FOR ALLOWING SUCH A MIRACLE TO TAKE PLACE IN YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE KEEP US READERS POSTED BY WRITING AN UPDATE REAL SOON.
I'M REJOICING WITH YOU AND SMILING AS I TYPE THIS. PLEASE GIVE YOUR PRECIOUS NOAH A HUG AND ALSO REMIND HIM THAT GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS.
LOVE YOU ALWAYS,
Susan, what a blessing for Noah and the family! I pray this miracle continues!
HI THERE. I JUST READ YOUR STORY ABOUT YOUR SON BEING DEAF AND IT TOUCHED MY HEART, BECAUSE I CAN RELATE TO HOW YOU FEEL.. MY SON WAS ALSO BORN DEAF. HE IS NOW MARRIED AND HIS WIFE IS DEAF. HE HAS THREE CHILDREN AND THEY ALL ARE DEAF TOO. BUT GOD HAS BLESSED HIM SO MUCH.. HIS OLDEST CHILD IS IN COLLEGE NOW AND ONE IS WORKING FOR THEIR DR FRIEND AND THE OTHER ONE IS STILL IN SCHOOL... MY SON WORKS AT THE POST OFFICE IN GA AND HAS WORKED THERE FOR TWENTY THEY SOMETHING YEARS...THEY ARE DOING JUST GREAT... I JUST FELT LIKE SHARING THIS WITH YOU,HOPE YOU DON'T MIND. MY SON IS SATISFIED WITH HIS HEARING PROBLEM AND GOES ON WITH HIS LIFE.. WHEN I READ YOUR STORY I FELT CONNECTED TO YOU IN THAT I KNEW AND UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION.
GOD BLESS YOU,
Noah - Fandabadozy ! And Magnificent for Mama !
Margaret Drysdale, Yorkshire, ENGLAND
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