Culture & Literature
Mysterious Ways

Mysterious Ways

October/November 2020

A brand-new magazine filled with true stories of extraordinary moments and everyday miracles that reveal a hidden spiritual force at work in our lives. These fascinating stories will entertain you and remind you that there is something more, something greater in our lives.

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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

We know that you, our readers, love dreams. We receive tons of amazing dream stories from you, and each time we publish a dream piece, we get a strong response—letters and comments saying things like “I had an experience just like this once” or “I had a dream that I’m trying to understand.” It’s why we’re devoting this issue to dreams. Hearing someone else’s story prompts us to ask—what kind of divine mystery might our own dreams hold? This very thing happened to me while working on this is-sue. I was reminded that dreams can touch us in unexpected ways. I am moving—again. I’m living with family while I decide where to go next. It’s a very uncertain time, and my dreams lately have been a nonsensical jumble of anxiety. Then I…

1 min.
his humorous ways

After a pharmacy error, I received a toxic dose of a medication and had to go to the hospital. The doctors told me I would be fine, but I was going to have some dizziness for a while. “You’ll need to be really careful, Roberta,” a nurse said to me. “I know that you live alone, and this medication in-creases your risk of falling.” “Well, I’ll just have to trust God to catch me if I take a tumble,” I said. Still, I was a bit nervous. When I got back home, I took every precaution. I gathered up all the throw rugs, secured the electrical cords and was extra careful on the stairs. The next day, I was moving a few storage boxes around the house. As I started up the stairs, dizziness…

2 min.
wonderful world

Franklin, Tennessee Jeff LeCates was awoken by loud barks from Roux, his three-year-old Belgian Malinois. He got up to investigate. When he opened the front door, the dog bolted outside. He followed. That’s when he smelled smoke, then saw flames. The house next door was on fire! Jeff pounded on the door, waking the family of three inside. Everyone safe-ly escaped, and Jeff used a garden hose to help control the blaze until fire-fighters arrived. Thanks to Roux’s warning, nobody was injured. The woman whose house Roux saved works as a dog groomer, and if it weren’t for her, Roux wouldn’t have been around to save the day. According to People magazine, she’d introduced Jeff to Roux when the pup was in need of a home. A year later, it seems Roux…

3 min.
what heaven was like

“What was it like when you died?” my friend Olivene asked me. Her voice was surprisingly strong, given how frail she looked propped against the stark white pillows of her hospital bed. Her question caught me off guard. I’d never mentioned my near-death experience to her directly. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. In our small, tight-knit church community, news spread fast. Olivene was dying. At age 98, her body was giving out. But she took the news in stride. She had lived a long life, she assured me. If it was her time to go, then she was ready. I was happy to share my story with her. I pulled my chair closer to her bedside. “Well, you remember when my husband, Paul, and I went on that cruise last February to…

4 min.
a bonded pair

“You can get a kitten,” I prom-ised my seven-year-old daughter, Cali. “As soon as we get settled in our new apartment.” Her life had been uprooted when her father and I divorced, and I wanted to give her something to look forward to. So one Saturday morning, shortly after we unpacked the last box, we headed to North Bay Animal Ser-vices to pick out her new pet. There were plenty of cats to choose from, but Cali had her heart set on an orange-and-white kitten. “Actually, we’ve got two of those,” the attendant told us. “Brothers from the same litter, in fact. A bonded pair. We call them Caramel and Butter.” She brought the kittens to a private room where Cali and I could meet them. For more than an hour, we…

1 min.
the medallion

There are more than 2 million members of Alcoholics Anonymous. I am one of them. And although our fellowship is, in fact, anonymous, I sometimes wonder who else around me is a friend of Bill, as we say, referring to AA cofounder Bill Wilson. We members come from all walks of life. I work at the front desk of a fitness center in a 55-and-up community. I’d just started my shift one day when a guest approached me, holding a medallion. “I found this by the water fountain,” she said. “I think someone dropped it.” She handed it to me. I recognized what it was immediately—an Alcoholics Anonymous sober anniversary chip. This one was for 25 years, every day a miracle. I thanked the woman and put the chip in the lost and found…