Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Brave Little Soul

Just a short update today, I mostly wanted to share this little story. We are all feeling much better today, though I re-sprained my ankle a bit last night, it's already feeling much better too. It will be sensitive to re-injury for quite a while unfortunately. We've had some potty training frustrations, it seems that being sick has given Dawson a bit of a setback, but at least he's still interested. It was another laid back day. Gabriel is still working on his hand clapping and even imitated a new word! "ba" for ball. So exciting, he's just soaking things up like a sponge these days. :)

I read this in November shortly after Tyler died. It's a different perspective. Tyler was such an amazing little boy that it often does seem like he was a gift given to us for a short time. He really did affect so many people in the short time he was here.

The Brave Little Soul
By: John Alessi

Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, "Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?" God paused for a moment and replied, "Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people's hearts." The little soul was confused. "What do you mean," he asked. God replied, "Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone." The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, "The suffering soul unlocks the love in people's hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this - it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer - to unlock this love - to create this miracle for the good of all humanity."

Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied. "I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people's hearts! I want to create that miracle!" God smiled and said, "You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you". God and the brave soul shared a smile, and then embraced.

In parting, God said, "Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed." Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God's strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people's hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys, some regained lost faith - many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.


no9udt said...

Stephanie this brought tears to my eyes. I believe that Tyler was one of those Brave Little Soul's, he brought so many people together and in the end even brought people together that had huge differences. He was only here for a short time but know that he touched so many people's lives and hearts in that time, and even though he's no longer with us on earth he will never be forgotten and will always be remembered as, A Brave Little Soul who I know is watching down over all of you.

tresa said...

weeping, that was beautiful- I am so truly sorry for your loss, but I truly believe your beautiful little boy is one of the brave little souls sent here to reignite the love in the lives he touched. thank you for sharing this story