A miracle is often the willingness to see the common in an uncommon way.
- Noah Benshea
Our staff has been quite busy this week putting the finishing touches on our October/November issue of Mysterious Ways. We think it’s our best yet… and we’re especially excited because we’ll be sending this issue out to more readers than ever before. More of the world could certainly use these true stories right now.
There are some pretty incredible stories in this issue–especially in our "Grace & Inspiration" section, where we share the accounts of three individuals who believe they were touched, directly, by the hand of God. Halloween-ish trickery, or miracles to be thankful for? Here’s a sneak peek:
Tony Cicoria had never played an instrument in his life, before a bolt from the blue–literally–inspired him to compose a powerful, life-changing sonata…
"I slipped away to make a call to my mom on a pay phone by the pavilion on the lake, oblivious to the storm clouds darkening the horizon. The phone rang four, six, eight times. The wind kicked up.
"A woman and her daughter waited patiently behind me. I was about to hang up when boom! A bolt of lightning struck the pavilion, coursed through the receiver and shocked me square in the face with terrifying force, sending me flying 15 feet.
"What happened next is a blur. It sounds nuts, but I was submerged in this hazy blue-white light. Like I’d fallen into a peaceful river. I could sense something overwhelming, powerful but loving…"
James Hampton was a janitor in Washington D.C., until a revelation transformed him into one of America’s most enigmatic folk artists…
"Myer Wertlieb walked around behind 1133 Seventh Street in Washington, D.C., lugging a pair of bolt cutters. He didn’t know much of what his tenant, James Hampton, was doing in the dilapidated garage–he wasn’t too concerned, as long as the 50 bucks rent was paid.
"But payment had lapsed, so he cut the lock and slid back the heavy metal door. Sunlight poured into the dark interior. Flashes of silver and gold bounced so brightly off the walls that he was forced to squint. Biblical verses and prophecies were nailed into chipped brick and rotting beams…"
Neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander always believed life ended with the death of the brain, until his own near-death experience showed him a world beyond…
"When I was writing, to me the word 'God' was a puny little human word that didn’t do justice to the incredible, awe-inspiring power of that deity. That sense of unconditional love goes far beyond the words 'unconditional love.'
"This is not like telling somebody about a trip to Disneyland, so our earthly descriptors can fall short. We don’t have words to describe what is out there, we don’t have the concepts…"