things that previously seemed self-evident.
Curious to know how Hollett, a personal friend, responds to readers who question or doubt the idea of fluttery messengers, I asked him several questions.
“I did not put the book together to convert those people that are skeptical about butterfly messengers,” he admitted. “There will always be skeptics, no matter how solid the evidence is!
“I put the book together for those people that are already believers and for those that want to believe. I am hopeful that the stories … will help sway some of the people that are ‘sitting on the fence.’”
Perhaps some of the encounters with butterflies were merely random encounters?
“I would be the first to admit that some of the stories … are possibly just chance encounters with butterflies,” Hollett added. “Sometimes we believe what we want to believe because we need so badly the reassurance that a loved one is still close by.”
Case in point: Hollett’s own personal experience.
First, his father passed away. Then his mother died, after suffering Alzheimer’s disease for several years.
“ We arrived at the church shortly before dark,” Hollett wrote. “As we climbed the stairs to enter the building, a smile came to my face. I told my sisters to look at the handle of the church door. There, sitting on the handle, was a beautiful butterfly. I said, ‘ Thanks for letting me know that you are still with us, Mom.’”
Hollett suggested that some stories “are simply too amazing to be simply a chance encounter. Moths changing colour before your eyes, butterflies landing on a monument when asked, butterflies in someone’s car and butterflies making your phone ring with a very special message! These are the stories that will make even the skeptics wonder.”
Hollett compiled his book with a purpose in mind: “to give hope to those who are missing a loved one. If I can make someone feel just a little better after the loss of a child, parent or friend, then the book has been worth the effort. If I can help someone who is coming to the end of their earthly life, by giving them some reassurance that life continues after death, then the book will have been a success.”
Why are there butterfly messengers?
“They are one of the lightest things to move and manipulate,” Hollett answered. “ If we have the ability to ‘move’ things after we pass over, then butterflies would be one of the easiest things to move. They are also a symbol of beauty and rebirth, so what better thing for someone to use if they are trying to get a message to those left behind?”
Who am I to question such an honoured and good-intentioned effort?
Perhaps I can rephrase the words of the man in the Bible who said, in a moment of keen inner turmoil, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.”