As she had done for several years, Nancy,
who was Lilly's mom, broke down and wept at our kitchen table.
Lilly died at the age of three. Lilly was
the light in the life of uncountable numbers of people. Of the 3000 people
who lived in our town, every person was touched by Lilly in some way.
After Lilly's death, stories began to come out about how Lilly had touched
the life of others. Some people claimed when they spoke to Lilly, a
miraculous healing occurred. Other people claimed prayers were answered
when they saw Lilly in the supermarket with Lilly's mom. Other people
claimed Lilly was an angel.
The day of Lilly's funeral, the streets
were lined with people grieving as the hearse drove by. Big tough men who
never cried, cried on that day. Children were let out of school, stores
and businesses closed. An outpouring of grief for Lilly occurred like no
My mother and Nancy were best friends. My
mother was the kind of person Nancy could talk to. Mom always said she
never knew what to say to address Nancy's grief. However, on this day, mom
asked Nancy a question. Mom asked, "If you were God, what would you
be doing this minute?" Nancy thought for a few minutes and said,
"I would be holding Lilly in my lap and I would be giving her a bear
hug." Mom and Nancy sat in silence for a long time. Then Nancy smiled
and said, "Oh!"
Mom's single question helped Lilly's mom
find the truth.
This story is based in-part upon factual
occurrences. Names and places were changed.
Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, his
heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
appeared in May, 2010, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com