The loss of a child is probably one of the most devastating experiences a parent can face.
The feeling of missing and yearning for your beloved child never really goes away. A piece of yourself is lost and your future forever changed. It doesn’t matter what age they were at the time of death, the devastation and hurt are immeasurable. Nevertheless, people do cope, but in different ways. Some people heal with time, whereas others never do. For one couple, their healing came in a very unexpected way and in the least expected place. Yes, miracles still happen! It all started with a simple act of kindness.
Well, When Taylor Fisher and her husband, Chris asked a couple to take a photo of them with their son, Oliver in front of the Eiffel Tower at EPCOT’s World Showcase in Norway, they thought little of the strangers’ small act of kindness.
“They were very patient as Oliver did not cooperate during the picture taking and finally got a decent one. We said ‘thank you’ and went on our way,” Taylor remembered.
However, the experience meant a lot to the strangers.
“Several minutes later the same man who had just taken our picture walked up to us, in tears, and asked if we had a moment,” Taylor wrote.
“Although Chris and I were stunned with this show of emotions, we were compelled to hear him out. He promised he wasn’t creepy and introduced himself as Scott and his wife as Sally,” reads Taylor’s post on Facebook.
The man told her that Oliver looked and acted a lot like their own son, a baby named Duke who passed away before his first birthday. What s tragedy!
“Oliver reminded them so much of their little boy they asked to take him to Mouse Gear’s on a shopping spree for baby Duke’s first birthday,” wrote Taylor.
“As a parent, and looking back at the moment, you would never think to just give your child over to perfect strangers but in that moment I was so overwhelmed with peace, a peace that only God can provide, that I handed my little boy over and watched as he held the hands of these two people whom my heart suddenly felt so connected with.”
Of course, Taylor and Chris followed behind the couple, keeping an eye on Oliver as the couple held his hand and walked him through the park. Surprisingly, Oliver did not resist the couple’s tender love despite the fact that he had shown fear earlier while his photo was being taken. To a passerby, they looked like a perfectly happy couple with their own child. Ironic, isn’t it?
“When we got to the store, Sally confidently held Oliver’s hand and led him to the toys section. I watched her eyes turn from sadness to joy every time Oliver smiled at her. I watched the sorrow turn to hope each time Oliver picked up a toy and hugged her thank you. As Oliver reached “up, up” I watched Scott’s pain start to fade as he held Oliver and wept into his head,” Taylor remembered.
Taylor was touched by the way that the couple healed from their grief through being so generous towards young Oliver. They continued buying him “way too many toys,” probably more than he will ever need, until the four adults met in the center of the store, where they held each other, praying. What a powerful moment!
“God’s presence was so real and we worshiped and praised him for his ultimate design, for it was only God who could have brought us together,” said Taylor.
“As we left, Sally told us that she prayed that God would send her closure and tonight was her gift from God. After tonight she could start to move on. To heal.”
Indeed God’s ways are not our ways. This shows how small, simple gestures, speak volumes and how hope can be healed through faith. Perhaps if Sally had not prayed asking God for closure, she could not have got a chance to meet Taylor and Chris, or their son Oliver who reminded her a lot of her own son.
Who do you rely on when all hope is gone?
Never underestimate the power of prayer, for, through it, our hearts rejoice as the peace of God consumes us. Often times we as human beings underestimate the power of prayer, thinking that when we do pray, God might not answer our prayers or He simply is not listening. We forget His unconditional love for us and His perfect will for each one of us. Yet in an actual sense, He has already answered our prayers even before we ask Him for anything.
If you find this story heartwarming, you certainly aren’t alone. Since posting about it on Facebook, Taylor Fisher’s story has gone viral.