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Topic: EERIE (07/28/16)
TITLE: Hints of Amazing Grace
By Chris Goglin
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“Do you know Jesus?” whispered Dad with eyes wide open. “I just saw him, and we had a long conversation. I asked him to be my Savior!” Quite a statement from a man who had been a determined atheist his entire life. Our family had prayed vigilantly for him for the last twenty years. I still remember my body feeling numb all over as I tried to respond.
“Yes, Dad.” Trying to talk through my tears, “I’m so glad you have met him!”
I was overjoyed, yet not looking forward to losing him. My grief, and the collapse of his bodily functions, a very scary thing to watch, kept me up at night for several weeks after the funeral. At two o’clock in the morning, while wide awake, my bedside radio suddenly starting playing, I Can Only Imagine. The words eased my mind, and I could feel a sense of peace. Wondering how my radio turned on when it wasn’t set, I then heard my Dad’s voice. A simple, “Chrissy...it will be okay now.” Stunned, rolling over in my bed, I wanted to hear more, but it quickly ended. It was just enough to ease my pain. I thanked God through my tears at such a beautiful gesture. I was able to sleep peacefully for the first time in weeks.
Strange? Not for God, and his legions of angels.
My mother died a few years after my Dad. Her death was tragic, and heart-breaking, as she could not speak to me during her last week at home. The frustration must have been unbearable for her, and I too, groaned for some sign of interaction. If I only could feel her touch again, or some evidence of a familiar presence. But she lay there motionless, as I stood by her beside with trembling hands.
A few days after she passed, while in my laundry room, I felt a strong push behind me, almost making me fall. I turned quickly to see who was there—no one. Feeling a little light-headed, I realized something supernatural had happened. I suddenly knew, it was Mom. I felt her frustration in not being able to communicate with me, and realized, everything was okay. She was trying to let me know she still could touch me before she left this world completely. This strange experience brought healing relief at a time when I was overwhelmed with grief.
Mom was busy at discovering her new abilities, as she visited my twin sister also. Linda was sitting in her living room with her front door closed and windows shut. She had just finished placing mom’s dried funeral flowers in a vase on her shelf, along with a framed photo of Mom. Suddenly, a brisk wind lifted the flowers out of the vase up toward the ceiling, then floated gently to the floor. Strange? Mom was determined to make her presence known, even adding a little humor.
Continuing with more miracles, my son, and his new bride, honeymooned along the North Carolina coast. While swimming, they got caught in a ferocious undertow that pulled them out to sea. They could have lost their lives if it were not for a “big black man” who gathered them up in his arms and carried them to shore. After recovering on the beach, they searched in vain to find him, but he seemed to have vanished as quickly as he appeared. Strange?
Furthermore, God added another safety measure to my daughter’s life. Kathleen was walking along the crowded streets of L.A. at night, feeling uneasy and worried. She felt a “companion” rubbing up against her. She looked up to talk to the person, but no one was there, but could feel a loving warmth of protection. We will never know what tragedies were diverted by this close encounter orchestrated by God.
God can gently administer grace and love to a hurting believer, with a blink of his eye. Others may say it is just a coincidence, but we know better. Too many times, our family has been protected supernaturally by angelic strangers, soft breezes, and comforting words. Miracles, however small, can exceed far beyond ordinary circumstances, even beyond the portal of death, when God is in control!
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