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My Son
By Randall Davis Barfield
Saturday, October 17, 2009

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She knew without a doubt she was on her deathbed this time. Well, she’d accept it. She certainly wasn’t the first person to die. Her husband, Joe, had died years ago, not to mention her own parents before that and one of her children, a son. She couldn’t quite remember how many years ago. Maybe twenty. Didn’t matter anyway. How important was the when or where of death? It was what it was. She remembered the hand yesterday. She wondered if it would happen again.

It was four p.m. and she had been feverish and sweaty, just as now. She’d been alone in the room. Then, suddenly, she felt this terribly real presence. She saw a hand but no body. The hand gently wiped her forehead then her face and neck. It made her feel cooler. She felt much better for the longest time afterward. No pain at all. Later her thoughts shocked her. No, she’d told herself. But…

If it happened today, she’d keep quiet about it. Some things are better unsaid to avoid problems. She hoped it would happen. She remembered pinching herself yesterday. Yes, she’d been awake; it was real because she’d felt the little pain of the pinch.

She dozed off but came to when the presence awakened her. The clock said four again. The feeling was overwhelming. The hand was definitely His. Her Jesus’ hand, of the special Son murdered while still young at thirty-three.



“My Son,” Mary whispered, closing her eyes the last time.


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Reviewed by J Howard 5/15/2011
thanks for sharing your thoughts-
Reviewed by CJ Heck 5/14/2011
Oh my, JC, the goosebumps have ravaged my arms. This is very powerful and well-done. Excellent!
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 10/18/2009


Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 10/18/2009
Nice to see you posting stories again, Randall; well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 10/17/2009
intense write-surprise ending

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