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Edward Grinnan shares a tale of a woman whose dreams helped her to reunite a dying friend with her son.
Hi, I'm Edward Grinnan, editor-in-chief of Guideposts, with a true Mysterious Ways from Dorothy Nicholas of Asheboro, North Carolina.
The way men and women in the Bible were guided by dreams had always impressed Dorothy Nicholas. From the angels climbing Jacob’s ladder to the dream warning Joseph to flee with his family to Egypt. She had always known such things were possible, but one night Dorothy received just such a dream herself.
A dear friend had a terminal illness and yearned to see her son again. The young man wandered around a lot. He didn’t keep in touch very closely, and when he telephoned he rarely told her where he was.
Then one night Dorothy had a strange dream of huge stacks of Esquire magazines. She couldn’t recall ever having read the magazine. She dismissed the dream, but it persisted. After she dreamed of a house built entirely out of Esquire magazines, Dorothy's husband finally bought a copy. But there was nothing helpful in it.
Then one day, Dorothy was hit by a sudden thought—the name of a hotel in Chicago that somehow she connected with her friend's son. Did he live there? When Dorothy was visiting she managed to sneak a peek at friend's address book. There next to her son's name, among years of addresses, Dorothy saw the name of the hotel.
She wrote a letter to her friend's son at that address, telling him of his mother’s illness.
That was Monday. At 11:00 o’clock on Thursday night, the son called, collect from Chicago. He’d only been back at the hotel for a few days and he’d just received the letter. Shortly before his mother’s death, he was reunited with her.
Dreams can be very real, and anytime she's tempted to just brush one off, she remember the name of that hotel, The Esquire.