LUTHER NEWS: Revisiting the tale of the Upper Peninsula ghost car

Chris Dietrick has asked for prayers for her daughter Michelle’s husband Brian. He is very ill. These young people need all of our support and prayers, and perhaps a card or note would help.

Their address is as follows: Brian and Michelle Little, 2653 Wood Lake Ct. S.W., Apt 2, Wyoming, MI 49519

Belated birthday wishes are extended to Imogene Gray, who celebrated her 90th birthday last week. Hope it was a happy day.

We had quite a snow storm a week or so ago, and now we are experiencing spring like weather. Somebody said Michigan is the only state where you can experience the four seasons in a single day. Today it is raining and the snow is just about gone. The weatherman promises temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s all week.

Father Ron had health issues last week. I understand he is back to his home in Baldwin and we hope he will rest and get well. Keep him in your prayers.

The following story was first published in my column more than five years ago, and every now and then somebody asks for it to be published again. I lost my copy, but a nurse in my doctor’s office in Cadillac had saved it and shared it with me so I can share it with you once again.

This happened just outside of Ironwood, a town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and while it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it really did happen.

This out-of-state traveler was on the side of the road, hitchhiking on a real dark night in the middle of a thunderstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face. Suddenly, he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghostlike in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped.

Wanting a ride real bad, the guy jumped in the car and closed the door. Only then did he realize that there was nobody behind the wheel, and no sound of an engine to be heard over the rain. Again, the car crept slowly forward and the guy was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. The guy saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve, and still too scared to jump out he started to pray and begged for his life. He was sure the ghost car would go off the road and in the bayou and he would surely drown. But just before the curve, a shadowy figure appeared at the driver’s window and a hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again

Paralyzed with fear, the guy watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve. Finally the guy, scared to death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran to town. Wet and in shock, he went into a bar, and voice quivering, ordered two shots of whiskey, then told everybody about his supernatural experience. A silence enveloped and everybody got goose bumps when they realized the guy was telling the truth (and was not just some drunk).

About a half hour later, two guys walked into the bar and one says to the other, “Look Toivo, ders dat idiot dat rode in our car when we wuz pushing it in da rain.”

Thought for the week: The only place success comes before sweat is in the dictionary.

Have a great week.

Luther Meals Program menu

The menu for the Luther site of the Lake County Meals Program for the week of March 19 is as follows:

  • March 19 - Baked ham, sweet potato, spinach, corn bread, tropical fruit
  • March 20 - Goulash, green beans, garlic bread, fruit salad
  • March 21 - Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, mixed veggies, pears
  • March 22 - Sweet sour chicken over rice, oriental veggies, broccoli salad, mandarin oranges
  • March 23 - Fishwich, salad bar, plums