Sunday, October 4, 2009

A prayer from the heart....

No matter how strong your faith, you can always hope for a sign...a sign that someone is there, a sign that they are in a better place, a sign that they are with you in spirit...

The scene is dinner last night at the kitchen table. Myself, the Girls, Uncle Clyde and Grand Pop. A few days ago I taped some of Heidi's photo cards from the funeral services together to make a circle of her photos around a small sunflower arrangement on our table. this circle is flanked by candles to light up her beautiful face.

Jillian (8 y.o) asked to say "the pray" (grace) before dinner and so she got the honor. She said "Dear God, If I could just have a sign that Mommy is in a better place." This simple prayer left me somewhat astounded, as it was sort of out of the blue for her. She had not spoken with me about signs or directly about any of the events that we have been talking about around here. Clearly, she has overheard some of us talking over the past few days about "coincidences vs. Godincidences", as my Dad likes to call them.

After the prayer I told her...they are all around us Jilli, you just have to keep your eyes and your mind open.

Well, about halfway through dinner, one of the lit candles began to spark up 2, 3, 4, 5 inches and flicker. Just like wind, the other candle was perfectly still, yet the candle closest to Jillian began to shimmer, flash and dance, more like a firework than a candle. Jillian looked at it and with a huge smile on her face, said "Hi Mommy."

We all did. It turned from a candle in to a beacon of hope and faith in that moment, and then just as quickly, back into a candle. It was a beautiful moment, and too me, it shows the power of a prayer from the heart. This time, a little girl looking for a small token of hope or a re-inforcement of faith...asking a simple request of a wonderful God full of Love and Compassion, who does not overlook the details and does have a "perfect plan."

Thank you God, for I am human too.



  1. Bill,
    Thank you for sharing through your Blog and for being a great inspiration as a witness to Christ. Kathi reads your stuff all the time and tonight she made it a requirement for me to read. Wow!!! You are in my prayers and I thank God that I can call you a friend and you can be such an inspiration. Keep it going Brother!!!! You are the man!!! Jeff Rudolph

  2. Awesome is Christ and how each young mind believes.

  3. what a testament to love. Please know you inspire so many who struggle with ALS and other diseases of body. Please keep writing and sharing your journey.

  4. Yes, we all want signs, and I believe, as you do, that we just have to look for them and recognize them when they appear. As I said before, it is energy and it only changes form. She will be with you all forever. You are such an inspiration and I thank you for allowing us to share this journey with you.