We teach our kids about stranger danger but, in this case, a stranger brought healing. Are you ever completely amazed by how things work out? Well, that is exactly what happened when these two couples met, they were meant to have a chance meeting that would change both of their lives.
Chris and Taylor Fisher had taken their son, Oliver, to Disney World. They were excited to see Oliver experience the joy and wonder of Disney. On this particular day, they were spending the day at Epcot Center when another couple stopped and offered to graciously take some pictures of the family in front of the “Eiffel Tower.” It took a few tries but eventually, Oliver cooperated and they got a great photo to remember their day at Epcot. The Fishers were grateful that the other couple was patient with their toddler.
Just a few minutes later, the man returned to ask a favor, but first, he introduced himself. His name was Scott and his wife's name was Sally. The couple tearfully explained that they had four beautiful children, but their youngest son, Duke, had gone to heaven. In fact, that day – July 1st – would have been baby Duke’s first birthday.
They continued on and told the Fishers that Oliver had reminded them of their Duke. Then they asked the question that would change both of their lives forever. They asked if they could take Oliver on a shopping spree in honor of Duke.
“As a parent, and looking back on the moment, you would never think to just give your child over to perfect strangers but in that moment I was so overwhelmed with peace, a peace that only God can provide, that I handed my little boy over and watched as he held the hands of these two people whom my heart suddenly felt so connected with,” Taylor recalled, adding that she and Chris followed closely behind.
She said it was an amazing thing to watch Scott and Sally’s healing take place as they walked Oliver through the store, reminding them of the memories of their own precious son.
“When we got to the store, Sally held Oliver’s hand and led him to the toys,” Taylor wrote. “I watched her eyes turn from sadness to joy every time Oliver smiled at her. I watched the sorrow turn to hope each time Oliver picked up a toy and hugged her thank you. As Oliver reached ‘up, up’ I watched Scott’s pain start to fade as he held Oliver and wept into his head. Through an act of their own generosity, I witnessed a couple begin to heal from the grief and ache of losing something so dear.”
What a sweet and powerful story of love and healing. I love the fact that the Fishers stepped out of their comfort zone to meet the needs of a complete stranger. I'm sure their hearts are knitted together for forever.