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God Heard our Mama Pray

Summer 1967 None of us ready for heaven We headed down that old highway A fun road trip, a summer day Little sis, eight-year-old me Played in the back contentedly Our teenage sibs in the middle seat Up front our parents sang songs so sweet Heading toward the Salton Sea Pulling a blue trailer, dad built in '63 The long road toward our destination, A yearly trip was without hesitation Loved by all, but bittersweet No AC through Death Valley's heat When suddenly an awful jolt shook us of revery A pick-up truck pulling a boat, sped past us speedily His boat had clipped our trailer's side That summer day we almost died The trailer swayed to left, then right We children all screaming in fright For all of us were terrified We'd go over the canyon side To correct the veering car's jack-knife Dad fought hard to save our lives He fought to break the hitch that held That death trap from us, but the weld Was strong and held the hitch in place Horror glared on every face Across both lanes, and violently That trailer rocked so angrily If our car went off that cliff We'd surely die, there was no if My tiny three-year-old sister tossed back and forth, almost a blur Her big blue eyes were wide in fear Like all of us, felt death was near I still remember the grating sound As the car's front side dipped down Mother's scream, I hear today "Dear God! Don't let us die this way!" There is no question, not a doubt God heard her, and He pulled us out When all seemed lost, and sealed, our fate We were of sudden driving straight Not one of us forgot that day That God above heard mama pray We all know, there's not a question God saved us through His Intervention

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Date: 2/17/2022 1:29:00 PM
Sunflower to sunflower I had to pop in for a quick read, and I am so glad I did, I felt the racing hearts, the fear, your mother's call answered, the relief, and how today we have the great poet who might never have been, then how you survived where another family did not, blessed, protected, because far to many people who only call out in times of need, then forget the power of those above who saved them, you have in your poetry conveyed a great message here between life and death, and an answer to pray . . .
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 2/18/2022 12:20:00 PM
Thank you for visiting and for leaving your wonderful comment, I am honored beyond words to be considered as a great poet, you are so sweet! The situation certainly had a very lasting effect on my family. I hope you're having a blessed and beautiful day Indiana. I do love sunflowers, I cannot wait to get some planted in my garden this spring :)
Date: 2/4/2022 1:45:00 PM
Wow BJ! What a harrowing experience! Great telling of it in verse!
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 2/18/2022 12:28:00 PM
Thank you for your visit and comment Jennifer, yes, it was harrowing. You'd think that after surviving such a thing that I would have great faith when driving on canyon or mountainous roads, but I cannot drive them, as a passenger I have a hard time to this day concerning heights! I have had driving instructors take my kids driving mountain roads in hopes they can handle them without fear, I have ptsd from that experience!
Date: 1/4/2022 8:39:00 PM
Great experience-sharing. Beautifully written. Congratulations!
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 1/7/2022 2:05:00 AM
Thank you so much! :) <3
Date: 1/3/2022 5:03:00 AM
God is just so good and if we pray as a regular thing He is always there. Loved this my friend and a fave for me. God Bless, JB
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Date: 1/7/2022 2:04:00 AM
Yes, God is good! We were raised praying, mostly grace and the traditional prayers, but this one, it stood out, sincere and screamed...and by all accounts...too late! But it wasn't, it was answered. This was an amazing contest. It really stirred my heart to remember this event. It was not our time to go, it was definitely divine intervention! I'm so honored that this is a fave for you Judy <3 God bless you as well sweet friend!
Date: 12/29/2021 6:35:00 PM
Those were some mighty strong prayers said that day, and I believe there was an angel watching all of you, thank you for sharing your miraculous story with me, :)
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/29/2021 10:32:00 PM
Yes, I believe God had His army of angels right there at the ready, and trust they are around us even now. Sometimes I've actually prayed "God. I don't know how You bless and reward the angels, but would You please bless those who are watching over us and caring for us?' Thank you for stopping by with your sweet comment, I know you are right!
Date: 12/29/2021 3:29:00 PM
I do believe with you that God intervenes so many times like this. I am so glad that your mother prayed. She was a lady of faith and I feel through this work you are a person of faith as well. Thank you for dropping by my page and praying for our son-in-law, Wayne. He goes back to the doctor tomorrow, but he seems like he is healing. Sara
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/29/2021 10:28:00 PM
I am so glad to hear that Wayne is doing better. We will keep praying and believing that he will be ok. Thank you for the update! <3
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Date: 12/29/2021 10:25:00 PM
I am glad she prayed too. We were all in hysterical panic, my dad was focused and trying desperately, but it was beyond him to bring us out of that terrifying out of control jackknifed trailer. We were all screaming, us little girls being thrown side to side, and my mother screaming "My babies! My Babies!" I still see her arm reached out to us and her eyes filled with terror, but then she screamed her prayer. It was too late by all accounts but for God. I love stopping over to see your poems. I was not able to be on here for a month or you would have seen my visits. Thank you for stopping by Sara, God bless you <3
Date: 12/29/2021 2:34:00 PM
Wow!! Intervention and prayers thankfully answered. That is an intense experience. I am glad all is ok. Well written! It reminded me of 2 experiences. One was a visit to the Salton Sea. Another was an accident in Barstow. A man fell asleep at the wheel and collided with a Uhaul I was towing that was on the side of the road with a flat. I was standing on the slope next to it. I will never forget. I hope you are having a nice day :)
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/29/2021 10:19:00 PM
That prayer was screamed out, and I often wonder, was she the only one that thought to pray? It was certainly heard! It was a miracle, there was no doubt. I've often wondered, how can prayer help? Why does prayer matter? I can only think that God wants us to acknowledge Him, call out to him. I know sometimes the prayer is not answered the way we want it to be, but as was our case, He definitely does say yes sometimes. Even Jesus asked His disciples to pray for Him, He wanted us to obviously see it is a very important thing to remember to do! Wow, the man who hit your Uhaul....I'm afraid to ask whether he was ok? I'm glad you were ok, that too was obvious divine intervention on your life. The Saltan Sea sure is different now than it was in the 1960's. It was beautiful then!
Date: 12/29/2021 12:20:00 PM
wowowow. Now THAT was divine intervention. It simply was not your family's time to die. I really believe that god has an appointed time for us all, and that is why we should not be living in fear of Covid. There are so many other things scarier than Covid out there in the world today and we just need common sense and faith in how to deal with things.
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/29/2021 1:15:00 PM
We got covid in early December, and we recovered, thank goodness. I used a lot of steam vaporizers, and we took vitamins and supplements that have been recommended to strengthen us for that battle. We were lucky, I see God's hand of intervention in this for us. My friend and her family members died on respirators at the hospital, as I posted below :'-(
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/29/2021 1:06:00 PM
I'm glad He saved us from that, we were not at all ready to die. I always wonder why I ever had lost faith in Him when I remember this! But when I think back, I know He never left me nor did He forsake me, and it was Him that called me back to Him through another miracle! I think I was so sick of the religion's confusions that I lost faith in God. I am still confused by religion, so I take from those components what I feel are Biblically sound teachings of Christ, number one, love! But I am confident in Him alone now.
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Date: 12/29/2021 12:55:00 PM
I know that I still live in much fear when I should trust God. I know that God knows every hair on our head and the set time that we will die, but I am still worried about the virus. It took the life of a dear friend and her eighteen or so year old adopted niece Christmas day, and her mom died on the 18th of December of covid. Half their family was wiped out in a week. They were believers, and they are in heaven, but we are still devastated. God knew that they would die of this hellish virus, but her husband, their one daughter and adopted nephew are all that are left and left in horror. I feel so dizzy thinking about their deaths that I feel like I may faint in grief. Please be careful, it's still a killer. I know we're not to worry about anything, but heck, what a horrible way they died. I'm so horrified and sad. But it is true, God always knew it would happen. I can't understand it at all, but anyway, I know they are in peace now <3
Date: 12/29/2021 8:29:00 AM
Wow what a frightening story and worse you and your family lived through it by the Grace of God. I had an incident just before Christmas when a tractor trailer decided to pull into my lane without warning.Fortunately I was able to slip into a narrow shoulder as his tail end swung around or we would have been crushed. God is always watching. Blessings, Paulette
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/29/2021 10:24:00 AM
Wow Paulette, I am so glad that God was watching over you and your family too, that is terrifying as well. The Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 comes to my mind "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.' I thank Him often for His gift of a miracle in saving our family, and I do so right now for protecting you and your family as well! I'm so glad you are all ok!
Date: 12/28/2021 7:42:00 PM
Isn't God great! So glad all was saved that day.
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/28/2021 11:11:00 PM
He is, and I can hardly believe when I think about this that I ever had a crisis of faith when I was young. I imagine that God's intervention has surrounded our lives when we weren't even aware of the danger, but wow was that one obvious. My dad went on to live another twenty years, my mother another fifty, my brother another fifty-seven years, and there are still us four sisters who are alive and kicking. Between my siblings and I there are numerous children, grandchildren and even great grandkids now. God was so merciful to us.
Date: 12/27/2021 10:24:00 PM
I do believe in miracles.... ! It was God who saved you from that accident ! The scary collision you described has made my hair stand on end ! May God continue to save you in life from all mishaps
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BJ Legros Kelley
Date: 12/28/2021 2:24:00 AM
Thank you for your prayer for God to continue to save me from mishaps, He has many times, and I pray the same prayer for you and your loved ones. It amazes me how I can worry or fear when I remember how He did miraculously save us that day. It was a terrifying experience and I actually suffer some ptsd from it, I became horribly afraid of heights for one! I should trust God more because of this miracle, and fear less. My little sister and I did not even have bruises, which almost made no sense, we did not have seatbelts and were not even sitting on a seat, Our vehicle was like a station wagon, so we were simply playing freely, and then flying back and forth bumping into both sides of the interior walls and windows of that car. God did a great miracle for our family beyond amazement. Thank you for your beautiful comment Valsa <3
Date: 12/27/2021 8:49:00 PM
BJ, Voice found in absolution. Riveted by this tale's simple twist of fate. There is something to glean from this close call to grace. -Richard
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Date: 12/28/2021 2:14:00 AM
Wow Richard, this is powerful. I know God certainly heard my mother's prayer and performed an incredible miracle for our family. Your words "close call to grace I found amazing. I almost titled the poem God's Saving Grace' but somehow, though it fit, it didn't completely. Your comment here is a powerful one. Thank you.