The Blessed Mother “Shows up”

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I experienced a miracle today that I would like to share with you. Today is the 6th anniversary of my daughter-in-law Suzie’s death.  When I woke up in the morning, I asked that I would experience Suzie’s presence today. I had an appointment for a massage with my friend, Marise, the day before, but she had to cancel and reschedule for today. We set up the massage table (which I just bought that morning) on my lanai in front of my house. It was a peaceful setting with the beautiful flowers and the birds singing their song. I felt so relaxed and felt like I was in heaven when she finished the massage.  When I opened my eyes she told me about the butterfly that “showed up.”  I asked Marise to write her experience. 

As the session was winding down and I was closing the etheric energy fields around Pat’s body. I heard a voice (this is not entirely unusual), however, I had not heard such a voice so clear before and it came in the image of the Blessed Mary, this was unusual for me. She said, “place your left hand on Pat’s soul spot and cub your right hand over the crown.” I did exactly as I was instructed. While holding those two positions, I felt the Divine flooding through the space, and then something caught my eye. I looked up at the green bushes above Pat’s head and there was an orange butterfly, fluttering its wings like a happy song, it flew around the top of the table and then circled Pat’s head. I instinctively wanted to hold the butterfly and show Pat on her awakening, however, it flew back to the bush and disappeared. After a deep breath of gratitude for the moment, I then shared it with Pat.  Later when I was at home, I was struck by the memory of the amount of light that had streamed from Pat’s eyes.”

Of course, Marise had no idea that today was Suzie’s anniversary and that I had asked to feel her presence. The tears poured out of me because I knew I had a visitation from Suzie.  This was not the first time she has “showed up” for me.

In January 2008, my daughter- in- law Suzie was dying of brain cancer.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in September 2006.  I remember the phone call as if it were yesterday. Time stood still as my emotions swirled around in the pit of my stomach.  I wanted to be reassuring, but words wouldn’t come out of my mouth at first.  I took a deep breath and said, “Suzie, everything is going to be alright.” When I hung up the phone, I dropped to the floor and sobbed. “God, how could this be happening, she is only 35 years old.”  Fear enveloped me and I couldn’t move.  I don’t know how long I stayed there, but it seemed like forever.

Family and close friends surrounded her bed, offering prayers and words of comfort hours before she passed away. Suzie was in and out of consciousness for several hours and often opened her eyes and said, “I love you.”  You could see the anguish and pain on her face as she struggled to let go.  After she passed away, we sobbed and held one another tightly. We would no longer see her smile and laugh with her.  Although my heart was broken, it brought me solace to see the peace on Suzie’s face.  She looked like an angel.  I’m grateful Suzie allowed me to be part of this sacred experience of death and new life.  I believe her spirit is with God as she continues to live on.

The next morning after praying and meditating, I asked God for strength and the grace to be there for my son and grandchildren. I allowed myself to feel my feelings rather than run from them.  I sobbed uncontrollably as the feelings of sadness, disappointment and anger pierced my heart and soul.  I randomly chose an “Angel card.”  I picked the Angel of Transformation. There stood a magnificent Angel holding a butterfly in her hand.  Suzie’s symbol was the butterfly.

A half hour after my prayer, Suzie graced me with her presence and love.  As I walked outside and stood on the balcony with the sun shining brightly on my face, suddenly a butterfly came from out of nowhere and encircled my head for a few minutes. I couldn’t move as my heart pounded deep within my chest. 

There is a legend that the first butterfly you see after a loved one dies is their spirit coming to you to let you know they are safe. Whenever I see a butterfly, I sense Suzie’s presence around me.  Here it is 6 years later and on the anniversary of her death, she comes again to greet me and let me know she is safe.

Thank you Suzie for “showing up” for me again today in the form of the butterfly.

The next day as I was cleaning out my closet, I found a book of inspirational poems and sayings that Suzie had lovingly made for me the year before she died.  It was such a delight to read them and ponder their meanings. There was a picture in the book of Suzie and my 2 grandchildren taken right before she died. I held the picture to my heart as the tears flowed down my cheeks.  

I rarely go on Facebook, but for some reason that night, I clicked it on. As I was scrolling down to see all the updates, I spotted the same picture of Suzie and my grandsons that I found that morning in the book. The picture was put on there by her sister. What are the odds of that happening? 

We are all spiritual beings and all connected to the one Source.  I would love for you to share with me how your loved ones who have passed over to the other side have reappeared and made their presence known to you.

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