Friday, June 20, 2008

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I'm sure most of you read the news and are already over this, but there are at least a few of us who watch nothing but Noggin and are always late to the party, so bear with me.

At the end of Tim Russert's funeral, they played the Hawaiian acoustic version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (I love this song and know my girl Alissa does too, so quick shout out to her) and 3 minutes later a double rainbow appeared across Washington D.C. and over the National Cathedral.

Catch up on that here:

Now if that doesn't make you believe in SOMETHING, nothing will.

That's pretty freaking incredible. I'd go so far as to say it's a miracle. Hearing about this (shouted across the table at the karaoke bar) gave me goosebumps, and watching the video made the hair on the back of my neck raise. Gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.

It also makes my heart beat a little quicker with a happy feeling, gives me hope, and helps re-establish my faith.

All of my faith (and I do apologize for touching on religion and politics on the same day, I do try not to do that to you all, but I'm not trying to convert anyone. There's your disclaimer) is cemented on the fact that I feel like I have had "contact" (for lack of a better word) with people in my life who have passed. Unfortunately, there have been many. A combination of poor genetics and foolish friends dealt me that hand.

I'm not talking about psychic stuff, or even anything I could tell a non-believer as any kind of convincing evidence, but I've had moments, coincidences, dreams and a few overwhelming feelings of just knowing.

My mom and my brother have too and I believe them. The hope and excitement and comfort on their faces when they've relayed these experiences makes it so I can't doubt them, especially having experienced similar feelings.

I don't believe in coincidences really, I do think everything happens for a bigger, more complicated reason. It just can't be a coincidence that these things often happen when they are needed most, or are least expected, and help bring comfort and hope to people who are looking for it.

It's just nice to see some news that reflects that and has so many people stopping, taking notice and appreciating this miraculous "coincidence".


Anonymous said...

I apologize for never leaving a comment before but I have been reading your blog for several months now. I actually sat here for 10 minutes trying to figure out what to say, I really suck at grammar. However I couldn't chicken out of commenting this time. I read your post while listening to the video, and it was very moving. The part when you talked about hope and re-establishing your faith completely said what I was feeling. It's those little things in life that squeeze your heart and make things worth fighting for.
Thanks for the laughs, thanks for the tears. I hope to continue reading your blog for a long, long time.

Donna. W said...

I'd like to have Willie Nelson or Jerry Lee Lewis singing "Over the Rainbow" at my funeral.

I'm glad you believe in "something". So do I.

I love your blog.

AFRo said...

Holy shit. I've got chill bumps. That's wild. One day I'll do a post on some of my "psychic" (for lack of a better term) experiences. I believe girl.

Joy said...

That is one of the greatest things I have seen in a long long time. It brought several tears to my eyes.

How could you see that and not believe in something.

Lipstick said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so very much for sharing.

Mitch said...

Chills. I believe too, and I've experienced a few of those moments as well. I love that Russert story -- its beautiful.

Ami said...

I've got a double rainbow experience that I need to blog about, but it has to wait until next weekend. (It has to do with a new pregnancy that I'm not ready to announce to the world just yet.) It was definitely one of those experiences where I got the comfort and hope I was looking for at the time. Thanks for sharing this! I, too, haven't been watching anything other than Nick, Jr. and Noggin since school let out, so it's the first I heard of it, too.

Anonymous said...

I do believe even though I don't buy into the whole organized religion thing. I've just had a few of the "coincidences" that I truly think are signs from my deceased love ones. I have also had many friends say that same thing that shortly after a loved one died a "sign" occured that brought them peace.

I had heard about this but your video brought tears to my eyes. Somewhere over the rainbow, Tim is smiling.

Anonymous said...

I had not heard about this until I read your blog. Very moving.


Anonymous said...

I love Tim Russert, I love any good Catholic in the media. Ironic though that he made us late to Mass every Sunday ;)

A good friend (who lost her child to chd) and I were just talking last night about how lost we would be without our faith. There are so many things that happen in this world that we don't understand - that we aren't going to and aren't supposed to understand - but as long as we understand who's in charge, we will be okay. God is awesome and will do amazing things in your life if you let Him.

Sorry, you opened the door ;)

Audubon Ron said...

Miss Ashley, when you get some time, please visit my blog, I wrote about this post. Entitled, Somewehwere Over the Rainbow - Unplugged.

Anonymous said...

I have read your blog off and on and never commented. But, I could not pass up commenting on this post for two reasons. I love Tim Russert and that YouTube was moving. I have also had dreams where my grandparents, all passed on now, were with my children at the babysitter's house. The sitter told me that they come everyday to visit with my children. Now, if that's not a sign that they are with us in some way, I don't know what is.
This was a great post. :)

Scary Mommy said...

I struggle with my belief, but have to admit, that is pretty convincing.

Unknown said...

This is the first I have heard/seen this, since I live under a rock and the hair on the back of my neck is just going down.. Goosebumps fo' sho'.

It truly was amazing. Thanks for sharing, we all need some confirmation from time to time.