My Own Near-Death Experience
||Near Death Experience|
by Robin King
From the Prologue of Love is the Link
The year was 1950. A six-year-old girl dressed
for a Halloween party in her small middle-class
home in Missouri. As she put on her costume,
her throat was beginning to hurt. She hurried
onto the party anyway, expecting much fun.
As she began bobbing for apples at the party,
her throat was hurting so much that it was difficult
to open her mouth. She stayed until the party
was over, but felt worse with each passing moment.
During the night, she began developing a headache.
By the next morning, she could barely swallow
because of the pain.
At church that morning, she developed new
symptoms. She stood to say the Lord's Prayer
with her eyes shut, and found herself unsteady
on her feet. She could no longer keep her balance.
As the day wore on, the headache extended into
a neckache as well and her neck became quite
Throughout the night, the pain was so intense
that sleep was impossible. The little girl and
her mother both stayed up all night, waiting
for the morning when she would be taken to the
doctor. As her hair was brushed that morning,
the slightest movement of her neck was excruciatingly
painful. The hair was very tangled after a night
of tossing and turning, and the task of brushing
it was difficult.
As soon as the doctor saw her, he was very
alarmed: A leaking abscess around the tonsils
had led to meningitis. He gave her an injection
of penicillin and told her mother that she would
either live or die, but that nothing more could
be done--except to be very careful that she
didn't jolt the abscess and cause it to leak
The frightened young mother carried her daughter
into the house, with great care not to jar the
abscess, and put her to bed.
The next thing the little girl experienced
was sudden, inexplicably, being in the corner
of the room near the ceiling, and looking
down at a little girl in the bed. She was not
surprised or frightened, even though nothing
in her solid Midwest background had prepared
her for an out-of-body experience. She was totally
without pain and in perfect peace. She had the
strong sense that she was surrounded
by God. She did not feel like a boy or a girl
or a child or an adult. She experienced the
essence of herself the soul that had
existed before she had come into her body, and
that would exist when this life was over. She
felt strong and peaceful and totally connected
with God. Looking down at the little girl in
the bed, she was aware of the girl's pain and
felt compassion for her. As she further contemplated
the situation, she realized that she must be
that girl, and then the experience ended.
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