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               Thursday, December 12 2002 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Encounters with angels - 3

Several more accounts of angel incidents have been received, so the topic will continue into next week. Today's is from Lisa Johns.—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Hello Jon,

I have had my own experiences with those I want to believe are angels here on Earth. You probably remember me, having written before about losing my Mom in an accident on Rt. 271 when I was 15 and how even though my past has been rocky I have managed to beat the odds and overcame all my obstacles. Well I can now add another chapter to my life.

On October 25 I was able to locate my biological father's family and was able to celebrate my 35th birthday with my family for the first time. To make a long story short, for reasons we do not know my mother kept my existence from my father. She was 18 and pregnant to a man who was in the Navy, stationed in Washington, DC. She found out she was expecting me, went back home to Patton, PA without a reason, and never went back. I was raised by an entire family being my Grandparents, my Mom's sister JeanAnn, and my Grandfather's sister, Lillian. All these people played a role in my upbringing, with a big unanswered question of "What about my Dad?"

Everyone seemed to have one, including my half sisters. When I was 10, she told me his name and where he was from and that he was in the Navy. Of course she passed away when I was 15 and the questions I had were never answered until five years ago, when I went online. I found him and after several times of trying I called and talked with his wife, who informed me that he passed in 1990 and I was asked by my half-sister to never contact them again. I honored this request and went on wondering.

Last year, friends of ours moved to North Carolina and I happened to email my friend and ask her for her to find his obituary from the local paper. I was hoping for a location so I could get his Navy papers to join the local VFW. She did that for me and all the doors opened, so to speak. Why now? I have been asking myself for the last month and a half. I found out that he has two sisters and a brother. After contacting them and making the trip to Whiteville, North Carolina, I have found a family that I have always wondered about. They have taken to me like I have always been there and I am so grateful to all those who helped me get to this point in my life.

I truly feel that this has all been through divine intervention. How in this great big world of ours would I have met someone who lived only a few hours from my Dad? Is this just by chance? I don't think so. I have always believed that my guardian angel has always been close to me, and I am a bigger believer now than ever. There is no possible way the doors could not have opened for me the way they did. God gives us gifts, and mine was my knowledge of the Internet and the ability to make friends. Without either of those, I would not have found my family or known my father the way I do now.

For those who don't believe, they have not lived in the trials of some of us. Or they wanted to blame someone else for their misfortune. They need to realize that God is in control and He sees the big picture, not the one we see of what's just around us. I don't blame anyone for what I have been through; that is too easy. I have been dealt the hand I played and made the best of what was given. As my Aunt Lil always told me, when you are given a pile of crap, take it and plant flowers, for they make the world a better place. Maybe more people need to take her advice.

Thanks, Jon, for your time and for the work you do to keep me in touch with Nanty-Glo.

May you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Lisa Johns

On-the-job dictionary

"MUST BE DEADLINE ORIENTED": You'll be six months behind schedule on your first day.

"SOME OVERTIME REQUIRED": Some time each night and some time each weekend.

"DUTIES WILL VARY": Anyone in the office can boss you around.

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.

—John Ruskin, American writer (1819-1900)

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