Health & Spirit

Light Notes: Love connects at highway collision

Lucy Luginbill, Tri-City Herald on

Published in Religious News

"From the second I got hit I could see my daddy in the passenger seat," Bailey said categorically, even the clarity of his Carhartt's and plaid shirt. "He was kind of leaning back and I felt the look in his eyes, 'You've got this, twerp, you've got this.' "

The sharp collision sent Bailey's Raptor spinning and then wildly flying into a rough field, the airbags not deploying. When she emerged from the totaled truck, Bailey said she "didn't have a scratch," and sent emergency care away.

But what Bailey did have from those frightening moments was an indelible memory of her father's presence -- an experience that can't be explained.

"When the truck stopped my daddy was gone," Bailey said.

But there in her hand lay her daddy's bootlace; a keepsake Bailey has treasured since his death.

Love. Perhaps it ties hearts together forever.

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"All the special gifts and powers from God will someday come to an end, but love goes on forever." I Corinthians 13:8 (LB)

(Lucy Luginbill is a career television producer-host and the Spiritual Life editor for the Tri-City Herald. In her column, she reflects on the meaning of her name, "Light Bringer." If you have a story idea for Light Notes, contact her at

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