Miracles through Prayer(1)


bell and candle
bell and candle

Alice Lin

This article is the updated version of “Miracles through Prayer,” which I posted on October 24, 2015, in loveneverending.com. After adding the Chinese text, the post is getting too long to post, so I divide it into two parts and repost here.

Ten years ago, I moved into a new house. Well, the house itself wasn’t new, in fact, it was 50 years old, but it was new to me. Anyway, every evening at around midnight, I would hear what I came to find out was two opossums running around in the space between the first-floor ceiling and the second floor. They sounded angry and aggressive, perhaps even fighting with each other. After many nights of hearing these sounds, which completely terrified me, I decided that I couldn’t take it anymore. So, I got in touch with an exterminator to come in and check things out.

When the exterminator arrived, he checked everywhere, even up to the attic. He told me that he could seal all the openings in my house, but there would be no guarantee that they would go away. I had this gut feeling that if I used this company, the problem would still persist and I would end up wasting my money. So, I took action and sealed all the openings myself. But I still heard the fighting and running around every night. It drove me crazy, but it seemed as though there was nothing left for me to do.

A few months later, I was reading a book about prayer. I had just finished reading about a specific prayer ritual when I was inspired to try it out myself. I lit a candle and bowed, paying my respects to heaven and earth, and to the sun and moon. Then I began to pray. I was feeling calm and connected about ten minutes into prayer when all of a sudden I was jolted out of my peaceful state by an angry loud noise coming from my yard. As I went to investigate the noise, I noticed that it was coming from outside, near my utility room. When I peered out the window I saw one opossum standing in front of an exterior opening to the inside of my house, guarding it against another opossum that was also trying to get in. How could it be that I completely missed this opening when I patched up the house before? I waited until about 10:00 am to make sure the opossums had not re-entered the house, and then came out and I blocked the opening. Ever since then, the noises have completely vanished. No more sounds, no more opossums. I had finally solved the problem.

I was amazed by the problem, which bothered me for more than a year, was resolved just like that. It is incredible the way that answers come about. Once I finally took the time to pray, a miracle found its way into my life. Only when I allowed myself to feel helpless and vulnerable, did I find myself in the right situation to see what I had missed before: the opening into the house. I wasn’t praying to God to help me, and I wasn’t giving up either – I simply gave myself a time out, to show humility towards the universe, and in return, I was given a miracle. I’ve been able to sleep quietly and peacefully ever since.

alice prayer
alice prayer

祷告带下奇迹

十年前,我搬进了新房子。哦,房子本身不是新的,房子的年龄已经超过五十年了。但对我来说它是我的新家。但是,住进来后,每天晚上半夜以后,就会听到似乎是二只臭鼠不停的来回奔跑的声音。他们的运动场就是在我的一楼天花板和二楼之间的空间中。他们也制造了恐怖愤怒尖叫声,甚至互相争吵打架的吵声。因为都是在半夜,我被这些吵声吓坏了,几天后,我真的受不了了。于是,我联系了除虫(灭鼠)公司进来解决这个问题。

当除虫公司来时,他们在我的房子的周围及到阁楼检查。他告诉我,他看不出什么迹象,他只能把房子外面有任何空隙的地方封住。一共要付七百多块钱。但是他不能给我保证他可以解决这个问题。我想即使用这家公司,问题还是在那,我只是浪费钱而已。倒不如自己采取行动,到处去封住从房子外面可以通进房子里面的空隙。但是作完后,我仍然听到争吵及不停跑动的声音,我简直要疯掉了。可是我已经无法可想也无技可施,看样子也没法解决这个棘手的问题了。

几个月后,我读了一本书,作者提到她如何祷告。我受到一些开启,试试她的方法。一天,一大早,我点了蜡烛,向天向地,以及太阳和月亮鞠躬,表示敬意。然后,摇摇准备好的十个小钟铃,便开始静心㱄祷。一切非常安静平和,多么寜静好美的境界,非常享受。但不到十分钟,突然从后院响起刺耳而且非常愤怒的吵声,一下子打乱了我才蕴酿起来的平和心态。我走向后院,到了洗衣间。当我往窗外看,只见一个臭鼠正站在囗下,想要进去,但好像里头有它的伙伴不让它进去。
天呀!我居然错过了这个缝隙,没有封住它。我一直等到上午十点钟,外面的臭鼠老早走了,里面的也没有动静,应该离开了,我迫不及待把这隐密的缝隙用木板挡住。很稀奇的是从那时起,噪声已经完全消失了。一点声音也没有了,再也没有臭鼠。我终于解决了这个问题!

我很惊讶这困扰了我一年多的问题,就这样解决了。令人难以置信的是问题如何解决的方式。我只静心祈祷的时候,奇迹竟然自己找上门。正当我感到无奈及无助,我以前没有封住的缝隙,就在恰当的时机出现了。我并没有刻意祈求上帝帮助我,我也没有放弃寻找解决问题的方法。我只是给自己一个静下来的机会,对宇宙、上苍敬意,就这样,我得到了一个奇迹。从此能够安安稳稳地好好睡觉了。

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