August 14, 2022
MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!
Rev. Robert L. Wise, PhD explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.
HELP FROM BEYOND
The earliest Christians condensed their convictions into the Apostles Creed. Churches around the world recite this Creed every Sunday. They affirm that they believe in the “communion of the saints.” Some groups assume this means showing up for fellowship suppers. The first century Christians believed in much more. They contended that their relationship with believers didn’t stop at death, but continued on into eternity. They didn’t pray to the deceased saints as if they were gods of some kind, but as their friends who would always care. So, if you ask someone to pray for you, the first Christians did the same with their friends, now saints in eternity.
Can that practice still be helpful? Consider this story that was printed on July 27, 2022 in the statewide newspaper The Daily Oklahoman and was broadcast in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on News channel 6. Johnny Workman told his story.
While he was working, a 30,000-pound asphalt roller got out of control and rolled over him. With the weight of two elephants on his chest, Johnny Workman was smashed to the ground. The accident fractured at least 27 bones in his chest. He blacked out, believing he was dead.
Before we go further, let me introduce you to Father Stanley Rother. A missionary priest from Okarche, Oklahoma. Blessed Stanley had gone to Guatemala where he was martyred on July 28, 1981. He would not leave his people trapped in a civil war and was shot to death during the night. He was officially recognized as a martyr by Pope Francis in 2016.
When Johnny Workman’s family rushed to the hospital, they prayed frantically and evoked the communion of the saints, calling on Father Stanley Rother to add his help. And where was Johnny Workman during this time?
While unconscious, Johnny Workman was swept up in a vision- like experience. Father Stanley Rother picked him up off the ground and helped Johnny to his feet. As they started walking, Mother Mary came alongside. The three of them continued on a journey as if they were walking toward heaven. Although he had never met Fr. Rother, Johnny remains absolutely certain, the priest stood with him. They walked on.
When Johnny Workman recovered consciousness, the doctors and nurses were amazed and believed only a miracle could have saved him. Johnny said, “I know with 100% fact that it was miracle in my eyes.”
Ever ask friends to pray for you? If they should die, don’t stop asking them to continue. Can I explain this experience or discern Johnny Workman’s story? Not a chance. My conclusion is trusting God is always the answer. And don’t forget the “communion of the saints.”
Just remember. Miracles never cease.
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