Thursday, June 24, 2010

PUZZLING, to say the least

My cousin's very beloved daughter died recently after a long, difficult illness. They were extremely close and the daughter, Ruth, promised her mother that, somehow, she would contact her Mom through the daily puzzle and tell her she was "OK"! Monday, this puzzle appeared in the paper........ As her mother just wrote me, she doesn't think people can communicate with the dead, but isn't this coincidence QUITE amazing? I just had to share it with you and she was pleased I would. Ruth, Otto (the family last name), and "Babe" being Ruthie's nickname........see the other words on the left side that Joan points out, too!
(love you, J)


Linda said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

This is like the story of the penny. After someone dies, the one left finds a penny and it has the date of the year the loved one was born.

I'm just glad I have the assurance of seeing my loved ones, and especially THE LOVED ONE, when I die.

John 5:11-13

Z said...

Linda, after Mr. Z died, I found a penny teetering on the church pew next to me, where many had passed on the way to communion, etc., and it had never fallen...the date was the year of our marriage...!!

Anonymous said...

I ascribe meaning to things like this, and I take it seriously.

I think coincidence may not be coincidence, but something meaningful. If we are open to it, a whole new perspective can be applied to what we experience, if we're willing to accept it.

Z, my condolences to your family and to you. Losing one's child has to be the most painful of losses. I would take some comfort in your cousin's "coincidence" if I were she. To me, it matters, and I would treasure it.


Leticia said...

I am truly sorry for your loss, Z.

What a major coincidence!! Pretty cool.

FrogBurger said...

Big hug, Z.

I am the type of believe in those 'coincidences' for some reason.

I have personal experience where my grandpa talked to me clearly in very sad moments of my life (first divorce) and where one night I saw someone next to my bed that looked like him. My brother had a bad car accident where he passed out for a short time before waking up and exiting the car after breaking the windshield. He always said it was the work of grandpa.

I've always felt his presence around me. Same for my siblings. And one day that presence was gone. I don't feel him anymore.

Him leaving matches the passing of my grandma who survived 6 or 7 cancers while he was around. I remember asking him to stop taking care of me to take care of grandma when she had bone cancer and was supposed to die really quick. She beat that cancer too and survived.

Coincidence again?

Faith said...

I believe scripture is clear that those who have died cannot communicate with the living, but I might take such a coincidence as coming from God if the people involved are definitely Christians.

Teresa said...

I am sorry for your loss Z.

This does seem like more than just a coincidence.

Anonymous said...

FB, yours is a beautiful story. There are similar ones in my family. Thank you for sharing yours.

Love, and the soul can't die, they are of an eternal place.

God does indeed work in mysterious ways.


Opus #6 said...

Z, this is a moving story. I am so sorry for your loss.

FrogBurger said...

Love, and the soul can't die, they are of an eternal place.

Yes. Something I like in the Asian/buddhist culture is the respect for the ancestors. I have to create my "little house" at home where you put the photos of the ancestors and you honor them regularly with gifts, food and prayers. Despite my Catholic upbringing I think it's a lot more powerful and less gloomy than going to a cemetery once in a while. It makes them still alive.

Speedy G said...

Houdini, where are you?

Mr. Ducky - In answer to your question: "Always take from the BEST and make it BETTER.

Now mum's the word.

Speedy G said...

...that is, if you are so capable.

Speedy G said...

for "Better is the enemy of good enough." -Voltaire.

Chuck said...

Z I have never been certain I believe in the dead contacting the living although I do not discount the possibility. Odd coincidences like this make you think though

Z said...

Speedy. welcome back :-)

Chuck...I'm with you on that.....the biggest coincidence I've probably ever seen...makes you think.

Brooke said...

What a freaky coincidence!