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A Sign From Slightly Above

This day was going to be difficult for me, I knew that. As noted in this morning’s post, God cared enough about me to send me some beautiful Christian women to pray for me at breakfast. I went back to my room to write after that meal. I was alone as I hurried across campus to a workshop slated for 10:45 a.m.  I pausedfor a moment to admire the trees on the pathway, none of which had a sign tacked to them. I reflected on the similar walk David and I had conducted just last summer on the UNI campus. I knew better, but my heart still cried out, “Why, Lord? I miss him so much!”  At noon, I made my way back on the same path I’d come by, and spotted this sign, slightly above head level, tacked to a tree, and obviously meant for me:

I took it, as a reminder of a God who loves me very much.

I don’t think the tree minded.

Etoliation- If a tree does not suffer great winds and storms, its bark will not grow thick and strong. The tree, thin, naked and weak, will fall over and die.

Storms will bring strength, majesty, and growth. God brings storms to build us. When he builds us, we will go forward.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

2 thoughts on “A Sign From Slightly Above

  1. Ooo…read my comment on your first post this morning. I wrote that before I saw this. All around us, all around us. This great cloud of witnesses.

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