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I’ve never experienced hallelujah or come-to -Jesus moments like I’m sure many religious folks do. I’ve never spoken in tongues (nor would I want to). I don’t believe I was ever moved much by the Holy Spirit in church although I have been moved by stories of compassion told by Sunday school teachers and from seeing kind acts performed in a variety of places by both humans and even by animals! I find inspiration in sunsets, the ocean, and beautiful scenery. I would hope that means I am feeling the Holy Spirit. But something spoke to my spirit quite strongly when - after a terrible sudden wind storm and driving blindly home in the rain - the storm just as suddenly subsided and was replaced by a rainbow spreading over our mountains. The moment I got home, I sat down to write one of my first poems to come to me in a flash: “God is Good.” And though the Spirit did not speak to me, I believe it may have guided my hands on the steering wheel of my car when somehow I got into a fix madly maneuvering myself between two cars on the freeway and there was NO lane for me to drive in between the two cars! I still have no idea how I escaped that one unscathed. Other times I have had blow-outs on the freeway and then found myself delivered into the hands of good Samaritans. Maybe those times the Spirit was looking after me. I believe I was led by the Holy Spirit when after a week of desperate prayer and two days away from having a stent put in my breast, I found myself in the house of my next door neighbor who happened to be a renowed doctor from Canada. Upon hearing that I was set to have chemotherapy in addition to radiation treatments (even though my tumor was already removed from me) he and his scientist collegue, whom he quickly got me in touch with, advised me that I absolutely should not undergo chemotherapy treatments. Also I believe that after much prayer, I was led later on to find supplements to relieve me of at least one of the terrible side effects of an unnecessary drug given me by the same oncologist who had wanted me to do chemo. Sometimes I feel the Holy Spirit in certain rare and powerful scenes of movies. Something spoke to my spirit profoundly at the very final scene of a movie called “American Beauty.” In this scene you can hear the main character, Lester, eloquently and almost poetically soliliquize on life. As he expresses gratitude for all the simple beauties of life, his just-then murdered soul drifts upward toward heaven. God knows me very well- to have touched my soul so deeply through a movie. Nov. 29, 2019 For Caren Krutsinger's 'A Poem Honoring Spirituality ' Poetry Contest

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Date: 5/9/2020 12:45:00 AM
Wow, Andrea ~ what a moving tribute. Wow. A FAVE.
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Date: 5/7/2020 4:05:00 PM
You bear honest witness Andrea. But that's no surprise to me for you do so in the very words you write in everything I've ever read by you. One of the reasons your poetry is so praised. Touches many souls. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your authenticity.
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Date: 5/7/2020 1:01:00 PM
This is quite remarkable, Andrea--though I've long known the reality of the soul I didn't believe in 'guardian angels' until one day about 20 years ago when mine pulled me back--literally--from stepping in front of a speeding cab in Philly [I felt a hand tug my arm but when I turned saw only an empty sidewalk]. A powerful testimony to the ways God acts in our lives--chance is the real illusion! Thank you for this--and that last line is perfection itself...
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 5/7/2020 1:17:00 PM
thanks so much!! Great story of your angel!
Date: 5/7/2020 10:49:00 AM
Beautiful expression of those moments in life that resonate with your spiritual side. Eloquent and authentic. Congrats on your win today, my dear friend ~ John
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 5/7/2020 1:19:00 PM
thanks, my friend
Date: 12/7/2019 11:54:00 PM
Hi Andrea, Your poem is a testimony to your incredible journey of faith through ALL of life - so well written in a narrative style that tells your story in simplcity and eloquence. Congratulations!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/8/2019 3:06:00 PM
thanks so much, Sam.
Date: 12/5/2019 11:10:00 AM
You know I'm ex military U. S. Navy, I'm also a recovering alcoholic 10 years sober now. I suffer depression, anxiety, ptsd, OCD and there's absolutely no reason I should be alive today. But I am, and all things considered I'm in pretty good health. For years I thought divine interventions came with flashes, bangs, earth splitting shivers NOT... My divine interventions were Alway quiet, calm, and unnoticeable... I know this because of the serenity I feel afterwards.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 5/7/2020 1:18:00 PM
Very nice and thoughtful comment!
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L. J. Carber
Date: 5/7/2020 1:03:00 PM
Yes, God is far more subtle than either believers or deniers suspect-- vaya con Dios siempre
Date: 12/4/2019 2:01:00 PM
God does know you sis and although you say you aren't religious you show me through your kind acts that you are. With your eloquent written words you show me how religious you are. With your insight into nature and into humans and animals you always have and always will show me how religious you are. You are one of the most religious persons I know that writes from the heart with so much passion.
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/4/2019 2:59:00 PM
Jenny, I appreciate your kind words, sis, but by definition I am not religious because that word denotes people who have a religious belief. Maybe spiritual is the word you mean, though I have never seen myself as very spiritual either. I believe in God and I love life... and animals!! Love YOU.
Date: 12/3/2019 9:06:00 PM
Back with congratulations on your win! I did not enter the contest just didn't know what to say. Hugs Eve
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Date: 12/3/2019 8:55:00 PM
Congrats on your winning poem Andrea
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Date: 12/3/2019 8:52:00 PM
Wow! Congrats! Thanks for sharing this. God bless you.
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Date: 12/1/2019 1:08:00 PM
Wow, you experience your Lord and guardian angel and His guiding hands to manipulate the moment as I have too. Blessed with love and faith. No need for contest but a winner to all of us
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Date: 12/1/2019 11:09:00 AM
When something good happend to you that shoudn't have, then there is a Holy Spirit as you suggested good luck in the contest , Andrea!
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 12/1/2019 2:59:00 PM
It sure seems that way, Ralph!
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Ralph Sergi
Date: 12/1/2019 11:10:00 AM
GOOD LUCK IN THE CONTEST, ANDREA
Date: 11/30/2019 5:34:00 AM
Beautiful write. The Holy Spirit lives inside you and guides You when you’re a believers I love what you’ve written love you Gina
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Date: 11/30/2019 2:25:00 AM
This is a winner of a poem. It shows how the Holy Spirit is alive and well in the world, and most in particularly in your own life, Andrea. God does not let accidents happen. This was orchestrated by His angels if you ask me! Well done my friend! Bravo!
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Date: 11/30/2019 12:52:00 AM
HI Andrea. I really liked reading this. Yeah you dont need chemotherapy. Glad they were removed. The Holy Spirit is many gifts ( 7 ) that you instill in. Wisdom, understanding, Counsel, fortitude, knowledge, Piety & The fear of God. hope that helped :) thanks for sharing this. Best of luck in the contest
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