The Brave Little Soul Story

A number of you have been asking about the story that was read by Kai’s teachers at his celebration and I’m so sorry I’ve been meaning to post it on here sooner than now! I was sent this story by a friend from primary school and it definitely struck a chord with us. I’m not sure the background on it or anything, but I think it’s a pretty beautiful story.

The Brave Little Soul by John Alessi
Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?”
God paused for a moment and replied, “Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” he asked. God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.”
The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this – it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer – to unlock this love – to create this miracle – for the good of all humanity.”
Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, “I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!”
God smiled and said, “You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you.”
God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.”
Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God’s strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased.

11 Comments on The Brave Little Soul Story

  1. Julie (Bonner) Kelber
    April 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

    True!

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  2. Selena Bragg
    April 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm (3 years ago)

    What a neat story… but I’m still so sorry about your sweet Kai. We prayed for your family at church last night, and I will continue to do so. Continue to depend on your faith, and let our loving God carry you. Hugs and love from Tennessee…

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  3. jenny harrison
    April 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    We hug our babies extra tight now. Thanks to God.

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  4. Janet Coito
    April 4, 2014 at 12:08 am (3 years ago)

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this.

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  5. Ris Gray
    April 4, 2014 at 12:31 am (3 years ago)

    Oh what a story to start the waterworks anew. Thank you for sharing. What a sweet way to help explain why such sad things happen to our innocents. Continuing in prayer for your peace, comfort and healing. Oh thank you Jesus for supernatural peace from Him.

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  6. Joanne Uccello
    April 4, 2014 at 7:20 am (3 years ago)

    beautiful….

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  7. Cathy Olig
    April 4, 2014 at 7:29 am (3 years ago)

    What a beautiful story! We are all remembering Kai as Emmett wears his Choo Choo crew shirt today. Saying prayers and hoping for a bright, sunny day in TX.

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  8. Caroline Harries
    April 4, 2014 at 9:37 am (3 years ago)

    Love the last paragraph. That is exactly what happened with Kai’s story. “Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever.” This is SO accurate. I know we will never be able to measure the exact impact, but Kai, and the both of you have changed SO SO SO many lives. I hate more than anything that it was at the expense of your son – oh sad badly I wish he was still here – but that is what the gospel is all about. God sending his one and only son, for us. Love this story. Thanks for sharing xoxo

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  9. LIz Darling
    April 4, 2014 at 9:54 am (3 years ago)

    I love this story and couldn’t think of a more appropriate and gentle message to those who grieve such an untimely loss. Thank you for sharing this. Loving you guys and praying continually for you.

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  10. Jean Gartman
    April 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this story and the message. Aki, I have been struggling to find the right words for 2 weeks. I will always remember Kai. The children I care for always hold a place in my heart and caring for Kai was an honor. Every time I see the sun I think, “Sun’s out. Kai’s out.”
    You all are in my thoughts and prayers. ♡

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  11. Kristin Hampsten
    April 7, 2014 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

    Hard to read but certainly beautiful. You guys remain in my prayers, daily. Thanks again – I know I don’t know you personally, Aki, but you have so genuinely opened your heart and faith to us so that we can pray for you and grieve with you. I am forever touched by Kai’s life and your strength through Jesus. I hope you know what a powerful witness and inspiration your faith is to the hundreds (maybe thousands) who are following your story. I still hear the echo of your words “speak life.” Thank you, thank you, thank you, and God bless you as the journey continues.

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