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Ghostlight

We have a frequent guest at our home. We note her visits in spousal shorthand..."The ghostlight was on when I came home today."

Several years ago, John's wife of many years died tragically from an aneurysm. He was away at the time it happened and never had the chance to say goodbye. He wishes that he would have told her more often how much he loved her. (A good reminder for all of us and the people that we love.)

Not long after her passing, the lamp on the table on her side of the bed began coming on spontaneously. He believes that it was her reassuring him that love transcends life and that she was watching over him. When he remarried and moved to his new wife's home their bedside lamps (which were hers, not the ones he had previously) also came on from time to time - and always the one by her side of the bed. Sometimes it even came on when one of them was standing in the room!

Some years later this beloved wife died after a long battle with cancer, and in God's time John met me and we moved into our new home to begin a life together. This time a pair of bed lamps I owned grace the tables beside our bed, yet we continue to find the light on my side of the bed burning brightly on occasion when we return from work. Sometimes this also occurs while we are at home but in another room.

One night I noted to John that it was interesting the bedroom light has continued to come on spontaneously despite the changes in both houses and lamps, and that no other lights ever come on. The next morning when we awoke the lamp by my chair in the living room was on... this lamp was the bedside lamp at his previous home! I had to chuckle, because I guess she was listening. :-) It has not come on since.

It is also interesting to note that all three sets of lamps were/are "touch lights" the kind that don't have a switch. There really is no pattern or time frame for these occurrences, it's very random. Sometimes it happens often, and sometimes not for a couple weeks.

There is a very peaceful feeling in the bedroom when I find the light on, never scary or intimidating. In fact one day when I was home from work miserably sick with the flu and feeling down, I headed back to bed after being up for a little while to find the ghostlight shining. It tells me that she is happy with the love I have for John and that she cares about me too.

I always greet our ghostly angel with "Hi Sweetie", and John says to her "I love you too, Darlin'." She is welcome in our home and I hope her light continues to shine now and then for all the years to come... it testifies to our belief that love is eternal.

21 comments:

  1. Awesome...just awesome.

    You and John are just about perfect together, aren't you?

    Happy Friday, Jos.

    Hugs.

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  2. Gosh! In some ways it's a relief to know it's random, but the back story also gave me pins and needles. A welcoming warm light and eternal love, what more could we want?
    Best wishes

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  3. It really feels that way Jamie, we see things and approach life very much in the same way. That is such a wonderful experience! I believe this truly was a "match made in Heaven".

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  4. Yes, Maddy, I think if the light came on all the time it would feel a little imposing, but this feels more like she's just stopping by to check in on us, and I love that. I believe that when people die they don't go far away but remain near to the ones they love, watching over and interacting in our lives.

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  5. Hey Josie...I miss you! What an amazing, sweet and wonderful story. Love you!

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  6. Hi Miss Carrie, glad to see you stopping by! I love and miss you too!

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  7. Hey You're back - I have missed your visits and kind comments and I am very happy for you in your new life my friend :)

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  8. Hello Loz! I'm glad to be back! I didn't realize how much I missed everyone here and our exchanges of thoughts and encouragement.

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  9. It's so good to see you back Josie and you're responding to comments again. It made me feel sad when you stopped doing that, like you were disconnected somehow. It really is great seeing your comments all "over town" again, it feels like the good old days.

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  10. Hi Gypsy! I think at the point I stopped responding to comments I was feeling overwhelmed. But it is the interaction between all of us that I enjoy most, so I'm going to do my darnedest to keep on top of it. Not surprisingly, the bloggers I was following before are just as awesome now! :-)

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  11. How wonderful. Love is eternal.

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  12. Yes indeed, Mary... true love lasts forever!

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  13. Oh.. I had a similar experience here too... lights going on in the bedroom when Papa Bean and I first got married...but having no prior history of anyone that we know in the same house,,, it was like "who's dad is it?" LOL... Also happened after my father died too. The ac / heat in his truck and the windows would suddenly roll up and down. Like he was saying hello or something. Anyways...nice to see you back! I've missed ya!

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  14. Hi JYankee!! I'm hearing stories similar to ours from other folks. It really is a nice feeling to know those we love are letting us know they're around!

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  15. Josie! I hadn't realized you were blogging again - I'm so glad you commented on my blog.

    You sound wonderful, so content and at peace. True love obviously agrees with you.

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  16. Hi Robin! Yes, I'm back, and will be posting again sometime today. Yup, this love stuff is pretty nice to live with! :-)

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  17. I love this. We have "visitors" at the beach. Sometimes they play tricks, but I'm always comforted by them.

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  18. That would be fun, AB! Our visitor stopped by Sunday afternoon. She always makes us smile. :-)

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  19. Oh, that is too beautiful. I just love the whole of it.

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  20. It is a sweet story, Patty. Im glad you enjoyed it!

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  21. That is a beautiful story. She's looking out for both of you.

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