The Mystery Behind the Wall
by T. L. Wiens
I wasn’t there but the nurse who sat with my niece as she took her last breath said she’d never seen anyone slip from life to death so peacefully.
My niece was born with a severe form of spina bifida that attacked her brains’ stem. At six months, doctors removed 50% of her brain. No one thought she’d live but she did for twenty-one years.
My niece never spoke, never cried, never walked or did many of the things that we would connect with quality of life. She did however, impact everyone who met her. There was something about her blue eyes that looked at you with an unconditional love. I wonder about her conversations with God.
At her memorial, the tributes spoke of a life that touched others in ways few of us ever experience. I believe my niece loved God. It showed in her face every time she heard a song about Jesus. It showed in her grace as she endured many painful medical procedures. It showed in the lives that were changed just by being around her.
She’s gone home and the world is an emptier place without her. I can’t help but feel a prayer warrior has gone home.
Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.
She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.
May you all receive ongoing grace and comfort in the days and months ahead, with the peace and joy of knowing that your precious loved one is with the Lord and that her life continues to speak of God’s love in the hearts of those who knew and remember her. ~~+~~
My niece was very special and I will miss her. Thanks for you encouragement and prayers. I know I look at special needs people with a new understanding because of my interactions with my niece.
I loved this story about someone who impacted lives without saying or doing.
sensing your grief and praying for you all…