It’s hard to know when to bless the light and curse the darkness.
That’s because life so often takes us by surprise. Strange reversals, twists
of fate, surprise endings. These things are the stuff of real life, not just
Frequently, a situation that we were so sure was a blessing develops—either
suddenly or very slowly—into a veritable curse that we pray will disappear. And
the exact opposite holds true as well. Sometimes, the very same set of
circumstances that we originally deemed to be a great misfortune turns out to be
a gift from God instead.
This was precisely the state of affairs that Jean Irish of Welland, Ontario,
experienced several years ago. (From
BELEIFENET.COM: By Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal From "Small
Miracles for Families." Used by permission of Adams Media.)
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anecdote which proves that GOD DOES EXSIT......
In the spring of 1997, Jean came home one afternoon and was fumbling with her
keys when she noticed that her front door was ajar. Inside, she found her
apartment ransacked and all her valuables stolen: her TV, stereo, and several
hundred dollars in cash. She felt shaky, vulnerable, and sad. It’s all so
senseless, she thought. Jean liked to place optimistic spins on mishaps and
mistakes, but what possible good could come out of a robbery?
Meanwhile, across the city, Martha Chernis was particularly riveted by an
article in the local newspaper recounting the burglary. Robberies—even in
smaller, quieter cities such as Welland—aren’t uncommon events, and Martha would
have quickly skimmed the story and moved on, had it not been for one minor
detail: the name of the robbery victim. To see that name in print paralyzed the
young reader, because it belonged to the very woman she had been seeking for
years—her biological mother, Jean Irish.
Martha tried to maintain her calm, but, in fact, she was stunned. “Mom,” she
asked her adoptive mother Marie Vollick as she pointed out the newspaper story,
“do you think it could be her? I’m scared to ask.”
“I’ll call,” Marie quickly offered. “If we don’t try, we’ll never know.” When
Marie couldn’t obtain Jean Irish’s number through the usual channels, she turned
to the local police, who were able to provide the number for her.
“You don’t know me,” Marie told Jean gently when she answered the phone. “But I
believe we may have adopted your biological daughter.”
“But how can that be?” Jean’s voice trembled in shock. “Years ago, when I tried
to find her, I was told by a search agency that she had been killed in a car
crash! What was her birth name?” Jean probed cautiously, seeking confirmation.
“Susan Anne!” Marie cried.
“Oh, my God. How did you find me after all these years?” Jean asked.
When Marie recounted the sequence of events that had led to this moment, Jean
felt goose bumps break out all over her body. The robbery had seemed so
senseless before, but now it was beginning to take on deeper, more profound
dimensions. It was going to serve as the poignant catalyst for a mother and
That night, Jean and Marie kissed and hugged in a tearful and moving encounter.
“I must be the only person alive who considers herself lucky to have been
robbed,” Jean said.