Dear Readers,

This story happened a year or so after I became a born-again Christian.  We live in a fast paced world with instant everything.  I am here to tell you from experience that, when it is His will, we also have an instant God…


It was July 4, 1976, the bicentennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence.  I was six months pregnant with my third child.  I had only been a born-again Christian for a short time, and was still discovering how powerfully and instantly God can answer prayers.  My family of 4 and a half were going to see the evening fireworks in our little home town in Massachusetts.  Arriving at the little league ball field, we exited our vehicle and all held hands and prayed, “Please Lord, watch over us and protect us from harm tonight, in Jesus’s name we pray amen.”

We made our way through hundreds of people, all the way to the front of the crowd, as close as we could get!  Spreading our blanket out and setting up our folding chairs, I plunked my very pregnant body down to relax.  Packed in like sardines with chairs and blankets up against each other, there wasn’t even room to walk around.  The fireworks display began and our front row seats were spectacular!

Suddenly, out of nowhere, I got a terrible chill up my spine, attached to a loud and clear message in my head, “YOU HAVE TO MOVE NOW!”  It was so profound that in a split second I stood up, grabbed my chair, shouted to my family that we had to move, and literally ran my chubby body all the way to the back of the ball field!  Shocked, my brood quickly grabbed the blanket and their chairs and followed me!  What else were they going to do!  I was with child so no one would argue with me, right?  Very quickly other families filled in our great spot up front!  Instantly we set up our chairs again to watch and enjoy the rest of the display from as far back in the ball field as I could seat us.  Then the horror began!

The very next firework that went off misfired!  Instead of going straight up into the sky, it went directly into the crowd and landed almost exactly in the spot up front where we were previously sitting!  Stunned, my entire family watched as panic ensued!  Everyone scattered, trampling over many others in their path!  A toddler was ablaze with his clothes flaming!  A woman was screaming and running through the crowd with her hair ignited!  She kept trying to put out the flames with her hands, but couldn’t!

As more and more blankets exploded into flames, many others were injured and burned.  That “BIG BOOM” we usually hear at the end of a firework, blew up like a small bomb on the ground among the crowd.  People were grabbing little children and throwing quilts over them to put out the flames.

Our family watched in shock from the very back of the field, as all this horror took place.  Quickly the firetrucks and ambulances on the scene, rushed in to help and took the injured away.  The screaming and panic slowly subsided, the display was cancelled, and the people dispersed, all while my family stood frozen in fear.

After catching our breath, we finally left and arrived home.  As we silently walked in the front door, all of us burst into tears.  Gathering our emotions, we all held hands in our livingroom and thanked the Lord for watching over us that terrible night.  If not for the grace of God, one or more of us could have been in those ambulances.  I could have been trampled or lost my baby, or my other children could have been maimed for life!  We were numb for days.

Sometimes bad things happen to us and sometimes they don’t.  But God is always there to help us through, especially if we ask Him!  He has gotten me through some incredible times.  Learn to listen for His Voice!  Learn to look for signs!  Most importantly, learn His Word!

Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo

Isa. 30:21,  “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying,  “This is the way, walk in it.”  (NIV)

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