by Roberta Cykon
On October 7, 2015 my biological father Arnold Edward Byers left this earth. I didn't know my biological father as well as I would have liked.
I always remember telling my mother, mom, when dad passes away, i have no clue how I am going to react. I would be surprised if I cried. Well I sure did cry! It was hard for me to believe that he was gone.
Earlier the same morning, I attended the Ohio Valley Legacy Award Banquet to receive my nomination award as Outstanding Senior Advocate Nominee. After the banquet was over, I got into my car and noticed my brother called and then my husband tried several times to contact me. I called my brother first and he did not respond.
I then called my husband and he told me that my brother has been trying to contact me. My husband explained to me that my father passed away about an hour ago. I started to get really upset because not only two days ago I had a dream about my father.
In 42 years, I have never dreamt about him. This dream was real. I was telling him I didn’t understand why he didn’t love me, etc. When I awoke from the dream, I said something is wrong and my father is going to be dying. On the way to the banquet, I said, my dad is dead. Two hours later, I got the phone call. I have been having a hard time processing this. We were not close; I think the dream is what made this hard for me and to know in my spirit that something did happen.
I believe that the dream was a gentle way to prepare me for the death of my father. Now that i look back, I am glad I was given the dream.
If you are having unusual dreams, what could your spirit be trying to warn you about? Listen and see if you are receiving answers or warnings to feelings or questions you seek or desire.
What has happened to you lately? Anything you need to pay closer attention too?
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