The Literal Light of Christ
In years gone by, when the advantages of using the Internet for doing Family History research were not even a dream, people had to rely on ancient written records, or seek for what they needed to know from graveyard tombstones and the like. These stones were often so old, so thickly covered with moss and lichens, and frequently weathered to the point that the chiselled lettering could barely be read. Under such circumstances the researcher could need help.
One foggy Autumn day, while looking for ancestral details in such a graveyard, one tombstone in particular looked as if it could bring hitherto unknown details into use. But the fog that day was so dense, and the atmosphere so dark, that the scaly headstone could not be read with any confidence.
Under such circumstances I found myself glancing up to the fog-laden sky and saying quietly to myself, “Come on, Lord, I could do with some help here”. Very shortly afterwards, with the fog still thick around the spot, it was suddenly penetrated by a shaft of strong sunlight that struck the stone I was interested in – and absolutely nothing else in the vicinity.
The beam of sunlight hit the tombstone at a glancing angle, throwing the very worn lettering into relief, making the words readable. I was taken aback!
And as if to confirm that divine assistance had been involved, as soon as what remained of the chiselled words had been written down, the shaft of sunlight disappeared and the dense fog descended onto the spot once again, making the lettering totally unreadable.
We don’t necessarily have to wait for the Millennium to be able to get divine assistance in this work.
Don Bradbury, Sheffield 3rd Ward, England
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