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Balloon launched in Mississippi answers prayer

Dec 20, 2010 12:06:00 AM - thestate.com
Edna Johnson prayed for a sign of comfort.

The 81-year-old Enoree resident believes that prayer was answered in the form of a small balloon that landed on her home last month.

At 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 17, Johnson found the balloon and its ribbon tail dancing in the breeze on the front steps of her residence at 5550 Cross Anchor Highway. The balloon was a token to the grieving widow, whose husband of nearly 63 years, William Johnson, succumbed to cancer in February.

"I just felt like (the balloon) was a sign from God," she said. "I asked for him to help me and guide me. I felt like he was saying that he was with me."

What was even more surprising to the former seamstress was the origin of the balloon. On the front of the balloon, printed in small white lettering, was the name, address and phone number of First Baptist Church of Ellisville, Miss.