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Let It Go by Chris      Williams
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Aug 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: bio-auto-graphy, inspire-me, spir-tual
Read in August, 2012

"No, this sound was coming from right where I sat, not from my throat, but from deep inside my body. I was the one making that horrific sound-that sound of excruciating anguish and pain, of a body and a spirit being crushed. I opened my eyes and turned to look out the driver's side window. I saw the car that had just hit us resting upside down on it's roof about fifty feet uphill from my car. The horrific sound ceased as did the voices outside the car; there was suddenly an immense peace and silence that filled the inside of the vehicle, my soul, and my thoughts. I had no idea who had just hit us, and my mind didn't think to consider if they were all right or not, or what circumstances might have caused them to cross the median and strike us. I simply looked at the car in silence. My thoughts went quiet, I felt at peace, and then I heard a voice that was not my own in my mind as clearly as if it had come from someone seated next to me. It wasn't a peaceful, whispered voice, nor was it the still, small prompting of the Spirit; it was straightforward and filled with power, and the voice said, "Let it go!" My soul had just been exposed to such pain that I knew in the brief feeling of utter nothingness I had been allowed to experience that I had no power to even try and take this burden at all. I committed as I sat in that driver's seat-looking at the car that had just killed my wife, Michelle; our baby, William; my son Benjamin; and my daughter, Anna-to let it go, all of it, holding nothing back. This was not my burden to carry, and I would be crushed no more. I knew who would carry that burden: He who had already endured the soul-crushing press of the pains of all men, including this burden, so that I would not have to bear my infinitely miniscule portion of what He bore. In that instant of grace and revalation, I knew that my Savior lived, that He was immediately present with me in my time of greatest need, with healing in His wings. It was as if angels had prepared that scene for my private final viewing of my family while they passed to the other side. Those images and the recollection of that last good-bye are still so vivid in my mind; they remain one of the sweetest tender mercies that I have ever received." -Chris Williams

Wow wow wow! What a super powerful story about coping with death and the healing power of forgiveness. Chris Williams lost his wife, unborn child, and two of his four children in a drunk driving accident. He instantly forgave and let go of that anger that he could have succumbed to.
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