January 26th, 2010 15:45 EST
Small Miracle On New Year's Eve in Stockholm
Askin Ozcan experienced many small miracles in his life. He related thirty of them in his book, "SMALL MIRACLES" - ISBN 1598001000 (Outskirts Press) which brought him a letter of thanks, from Vatican.
I had booked a table at Aladdin, a dance restaurant in Stockholm, for the New Year`s Eve. The receptionist told me to be there before 9 p.m.; otherwise he would give the table to someone else. That evening, I watched the news on TV, all dressed up and ready to go to town, but have fallen asleep in front of the TV.
Suddenly, I woke up by an explosion in the middle of the room. It was a fire-cracker which came into my apartment which was on the seventh floor, through a five cm. opening in the balcony door. How does a fire-cracker climb up to the seventh floor and enter into my apartment, through such a small opening, just when I needed wake up, not to miss the bus to the station? It was a pure miracle. I hurried to the bus stop, entered the bus which pulled off right after I went into it.
Next bus would be half an hour later. Then I took the suburban train and arrived at the Stockholm Central Station and when I finally arrived at Aladdin, it was five to 9 p.m.
"Good timing, Sir" the receptionist commented. If you had not come by 9, many people were waiting for your table.
After an enjoyable time, I left Aladdin a little after midnight to catch the last train back home.
Again a connecting bus brought me to my neighbourhood. I took the elevator to the seventh floor, put in the key in the lock, in my apartment`s door, and all the lights came out.
It was a nation-wide failure which lasted for four hours. What would I do, if I were caught up in the elevator or in the train? This was a second small miracle in the same evening.
I thanked God for that evening.
Miracles happen in our lives - small or big- and help us when we are in need. They are not
random coincidences. If they were, the fire-cracker would have come into my living room at another time. The electricity failure would have happen another time and not necessarily after I put the key into the lock of my door.
Many miracles or small miracles happened in my life. Thirty most interesting ones I related in my book, "SMALL MIRACLES" available at 200 internet bookshops incl. www.amazon.com under the name Askin Ozcan and via 25.000 bookstores by giving the book`s ISBN.
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Author. Has six published titles in the U.S.A. Also many articles published internationally. Currently writer at www.thesop.org, newblaze.com, theseoultimes.com, americanchronicle.com