The Feeling

The Feeling

From Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul

The Feeling

And whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

Matthew 18:5

I sat in a beautiful city park one day watching my three-year-old granddaughter swinging when I felt this take-your-breath-away feeling. It was a feeling I had often experienced on our own little piece of land out in the country.

It is strange how we ended up buying that place. We were looking for a place to live and finally discovered an old farmhouse on an acre and a half thirty minutes from the city. The house had been built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1911, and the basement was still a dirt cellar. Looking at this old place, I regretted the thought of giving up my beautiful home in the city, with wall-to-wall carpets, a lovely fireplace and a bay window. I knew my husband wanted a country place, but giving up my city home was not going to be easy. Then we walked out across the land, and this beautiful feeling hit me. I commented to my husband, “It feels so good here.”

We looked through the old place and once again walked out in the yard, and as we traveled down a wee slope to a tree-lined enclosure this wondrous feeling again came upon me. “Honey, it feels so good here!” I guess I told him that at least three or four times that day and again in the weeks and months that followed our purchase of the home. I received that glorious feeling each time I walked into a small enclosure we called our Secret Garden.

But I was not the only one to feel this warm energy. Each time we had company I encouraged them to spend some time alone in the Secret Garden, and every single person said the same thing. They felt a good, warm feeling come over them.

Now here I was in a park with my granddaughter and I had that same amazing feeling. I called to my rambunctious little granddaughter, “Jani, come over here and sit with Grandma.”

She climbed up on the park bench and managed to slow her energetic little body long enough to listen. “Jani, will you sit here with me and just close your eyes and see if you feel anything?”

Bless her; she didn’t question my weird request. She merely closed her eyes and sat perfectly still. I waited to see if she would experience what I did. And then I kept on waiting, as she seemed in no hurry to open her eyes. This was surprising for such a lively little bundle of energy.

Finally I could wait no longer. “Jani?” I touched her shoulder, gently encouraging her to open her eyes. As she did, I asked her, “Jani, did you feel anything?”

She beamed a beautiful, radiant smile and said, “Oh Gamma, it feel like God giving me a hug!”

Ellie Braun-Haley

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