When Is A Dream Not Simply A Dream?
“When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream.” Matthew 2:13
I like to read the “Letters to the Editor” section of magazines and newspapers and the comments under online articles. I can gather the pulse of current attitudes and receive a heads up of popular trends. The older I get, the more I realize how out of the loop I am becoming. Based on some of the comments I have read online, that may not be such a bad thing.
However, it was after reading the comments below an article about Ben Breedlove, the Texas teen who succumbed to a serious heart ailment on Christmas, that I paused in reflection. Prior to his death, Breedlove posted a very touching YouTube video in which he described three instances in which he felt he cheated death. In the video, he relayed the overwhelming sense of joy and peace he felt during those near death experiences. Mixed in between the condolences and occasional negative drivel, was a comment from a woman who lost her young child several years back. She wrote her daughter visited her in dream after she died. From that dream, she now believed in heaven and an afterlife.
I lost my maternal grandmother a little over fifteen years ago. We knew she was in deteriorating health, but the rate of her decline was a complete shock. Her family was not present when she passed; the fact that I was not able to say goodbye shook me to my core. Several days after her death, my grandmother visited me in a dream. That visit gave me such peace and closure I was not sure it was actual dream. I do know that even though the dream was over fifteen years ago, I have not forgotten one detail and think of it often when I am missing her. It still brings me peace.
Have you also experienced such a dream? Do you think it is possible for loved ones to visit us after death? Or, do you think it is merely one’s subconscious at play?