Therefore I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.
A friend’s recent loss prompted me to offer some tangible consolation. I promised to share a favorite book which might bring peace her way. I admit that I spent far more time than necessary perusing the literary treasures which fill my bookshelves. Every one has enriched me and I find it impossible to pick up any of these books without rereading a passage or two.
Though our encounters weren’t face-to-face, these amazing authors certainly changed my life. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross pioneered near-death experience studies. I first encountered her work during a college class on death and dying. The good doctor’s scientific research regarding life after this life underscored what I already believed to be true. Though she endured ridicule from the medical community, Kübler-Ross persisted. In the decades since, many medical professionals have substantiated and added to her research. More recent works by Dr. Eben Alexander and Dr. Mary C. Neal, now in my collection, describe their own near death experiences in detail.
While in college, I also read Holocaust Survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. This amazing man’s stalwart spirit sustained him through one of human history’s most heinous episodes. His recent passing brought me back to his writings which continue to inspire me in the midst of our world’s difficulties.
Almost ten years ago, I encountered another author whose bravery took a slightly different turn. George Anderson was a very young boy when he almost lost his life to a terrible illness. When he recovered, little George realized that he’d endured this ordeal in the company of “friends” whom others were unable to see. This connection with loved ones and saints no longer present in this life set George apart in painful ways. When he reached adulthood, he realized that contact with these precious souls brought him closer to God. His book WALKING IN THE GARDEN OF SOULS has brought me the most consolation of all. His is the book I chose to share with my friend.
You know, these authors aren’t the only ones meant to share their wisdom. It occurs to me that you and I also inspire others when we take the time to reveal the treasures in our hearts.
Generous God, be with us as we inspire one another with our personal varieties of wisdom.
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