Mysterious Ways
By Adam Hunter

Did Coincidence Save These Travelers?

Assistant editor Daniel Kessel rounds up three incredible true stories of rescue ripped from the headlines.

Today’s guest blogger is Mysterious Ways assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

I’m in charge of “Wonderful World,” the section of Mysterious Ways magazine that rounds up incredible news items from around the globe.

Last week, three stories of travelers in danger caught my attention because of the unbelievable circumstances of their rescues–and the plot twists that followed.

An Explosion Almost "Rocked" This Church

Watch how a massive boulder stopped just inches short of leveling this building.

Grace Ministries Church in Saugus, Massachusetts, does more than host weekly services.

It also runs a food pantry that serves thousands of underprivileged souls in its community, 12 miles north of Boston. That mission almost met its end earlier this week, when a demolition crew blasting the property next door failed to properly gauge the strength of their controlled explosion. What happened? Well, see for yourself:

Talk about a close call!

What Did This Dream Mean?

Ever have a premonition? In this guest blog, assistant editor Daniel Kessel shares a dream that foresaw events in his life.

Today’s guest blogger is Mysterious Ways assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

“The weirdest thing just happened,” I told my mom on the phone. “I think part of my dream came true.”

I’d woken up in a daze that morning, the details from my dream still in my head. I’d been at some sort of banquet hall with people I knew from high school, good friends I had lost touch with. Maybe this was our high school reunion? I was most excited to catch up with Maryanne Klima, a friend I haven’t spoken with in years.

A Divine Hand at Derby Day?

California Chrome's owner believes his horse's victory was part of a grander plan...

“For a Winning Owner at the Derby, Belief in an Unseen Hand.”

That headline jumped out at me from Sunday’s post-Kentucky Derby New York Times. Come on–God was hanging out in the infield of Churchill Downs among the crazy-hatted, mint-julep-sloshed gamblers? Giving one horse above the rest the push it needed to run away with first place?

A Purr-fect Coincidence

Two trapped kittens survived an impromptu 126-mile journey–assistant editor Daniel Kessel tells how.

Today’s guest blogger is Mysterious Ways assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

It’s well known that cats always land on their feet. But two weeks ago in San Diego, a warehouse worker discovered that it was more than just instinct that helped two kittens survive perilous circumstances.

Grateful Couple Adopts New Dog... Their Own

More than a year after losing their dog during Superstorm Sandy, they were ready to move on.

Great story from the SPCA in Monmouth County, New Jersey (which happens to be where I grew up):

Mysterious Photographs

Photos have a way of solving old mysteries or giving us a glimpse into the inexplicable, writes today’s guest blogger Daniel Kessel.

Today’s guest blogger is Mysterious Ways assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

Recently we wrote about notes from the past that unexpectedly arrive right when we need them.

I haven't received a time-traveling message just yet, but I have noticed an equally fascinating phenomenon: photographs from the past that have a way of reappearing at the right time and place, solving old mysteries or even giving us a glimpse into the inexplicable.

The Right Bible Verse at the Right Time

This Easter season, assistant editor Daniel Kessel had a secret plan to reread the gospels. Well, not completely secret...

Today’s guest blogger is Mysterious Ways assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

When did you last read one of the gospels? It had been a long time for me. I mean, I’d studied Mark for my Confirmation as a teenager, and in church we always read selections from all four gospels. Plus, I saw The Passion of the Christ when it came out in theaters. Didn’t I know the story well enough?

5 Reasons to Be Grateful for the Dark

The stories we’ve uncovered at Mysterious Ways give reason to be thankful for the darkness.

I had a nightlight when I was little. Chances are you did too–maybe you still do.

It’s only natural to fear the dark; when we can’t see what’s around, we imagine the unseen dangers that could be lurking in the shadows. That mugger in a ski mask. That monster hiding under the bed.

The Inspiring Bond Between Brothers

Assistant editor Daniel Kessel tells the story of a coincidence that reunited long-lost brothers–and answered a mother’s prayers.

Today’s guest blogger is Mysterious Ways assistant editor Daniel Kessel.

Do you believe that siblings share a powerful, even inexplicable bond?

I know whenever I’m with my brother, we can finish each other's thoughts and rehash inside jokes with a single word or phrase. It’s almost like we have our own secret language.

Adam Hunter is a senior editor for Guideposts magazine and Managing Editor for Mysterious Ways. He’s edited Mysterious Ways since October 2006, and is continually amazed by the astounding stories shared by readers. Follow him on Twitter: @MMysteriousWays

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