88: Joni’s Revelation

88: Joni’s Revelation

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Messages from Heaven

Joni’s Revelation

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

~Mencius

Joni’s husband was getting married again. What? So soon? My mind couldn’t wrap itself around that thought. Joni had been gone for less than a year. How could he re-marry?

When Joni left this earth, she left behind a grieving husband and two small children who needed a mother. My guess is that he was looking for a mother for the children. He chose one of Joni’s friends, someone who already loved the children.

I was really confused about this so I began a dialogue with Joni. Just because she no longer lived on this earth didn’t mean the communication between us had ended. “So, Joni, how are you feeling about this? Because I will feel how you want me to feel, but I’ve got to be honest with you and admit I am a tad confused about this.”

The following week, I began finding things with a Joni theme in strange places. I found a photo of us at my wedding. We were both so pretty, she with her bright red hair and me just looking like me, cute. She was one of my bridesmaids. A few days later, in my garage of all places, I found the professional photo of me at her wedding, as one of her bridesmaids. Really, God, in my garage?

I took a break to sit on my porch, holding the two photos and pondering what Joni was trying to tell me. “Okay, I’m sensing a wedding theme here, Joni. Are you trying to tell me that you are okay with John getting married again? Is that what this is about?”

I kept the photos with me and continued to question the message. About a week later, I found a little card that Joni had written to me after the birth of my second son. On it she wrote, “My sweet friend you know how much I love you! Remember Revelations 21:5.” I ran for my Bible and read these words:

“And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’”

“You want me to write, Joni? What? Tell me!” Through His word, Joni was telling me to write, to send a message, that God’s word is faithful and true. “Is that it? Anything else?” I read on. In the same chapter, one verse above, the Bible says, “and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death, there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

“Oh, Joni, are you telling me that you are okay with John getting married again?” I could feel her smiling as her message penetrated my thick head. “Okay, so then I’m supposed to write about this to your family. You want me to tell them you are fine with John’s plans.”

Not knowing how my letter would be received, in faith I wrote to Joni’s mother. I didn’t know that her family had been struggling with this turn of events as I had been struggling. When I told her mother how this message came to me, she felt a sense of peace. A few days later, Joni’s sister called, and she too felt peace from Joni’s message.

I’m not sure why I was her messenger, except that we had been friends from infancy. We’d been pen pals and participated in chain letters throughout our lives, and she knew I was a writer. We were still pen pals; I was just the only one with the pen.

~Jeri Chrysong

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