Blog 293

May 22,2023


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.


            While my wife Margueritte and I were having supper with the Correas, Linda began telling me about an experience her mother had when she was born. I was amazed as her story unfolded.

Her mother’s name in Minsk, Russia was Jadwiga Allskiewicz, but when she immigrated to America and married, her name became Edith Gustafson. She had come from what was then White Russia in the Russian-Polish area where she spoke only Russian. Soon she had a much better life in America and eventually had three children. The fourth one was born on May 28, 1958 and that’s where the problem started.

            A decade or so later her last child Linda began having problems sleeping and shared this with her mother. “Why are you afraid of sleeping?” Edith asked.

            “I am afraid I will die when I am sleeping,” thirteen-year old Linda said.

            “No, no,” her mother insisted. “Dying and sleeping are very different. You won’t die in your sleep.”

            “How do you know?” Linda insisted.

            Edith looked away. For several moments she said nothing. Finally, she said, “I never told anyone this fact because I didn’t want them to think I had gone crazy.” She stopped and then said, “But I died when you were born.”

            “What?” Linda gasped.

            “Yes, it is true. I had a very difficult time delivering you. At the time I was 35-years-old and in those days that was considered old to have a baby. I started to hemorrhage and the doctor couldn’t stop the bleeding. I slipped into unconsciousness. I felt myself being pushed out of my body.  Later they told me I was dead for 20 minutes.”

            Linda knew her mother was a spiritual person, but she didn’t talk about personal matters very often. When she told Linda what had happened when she died, Linda knew no one else had ever heard this story.

            “What… what happened … when you died?” Linda asked.

            “I closed my eyes and when I opened them again, I was in this most beautiful place I ever saw. Bright! Green! Spring like! Everything was peaceful, more wonderful than I can describe. Then I saw this glorious bright light. A kaleidoscope of light green colors that began turning into a bright, white light. All communication was telepathic and non-verbal. I wanted to stay there forever, but the voice that came out of the bright light told me I was to go back. I had things I must do. A daughter to raise. It just wasn’t my time and then I felt a gravitational pull downward.  I came back into my body. They tell me that when you don’t breathe for 20 minutes you are permanently dead. I know, I know, but here I am. Very much alive.”

            Linda didn’t know what to say.

            “Listen to your Mama,” Edith said. “That’s why I know sleeping is nothing like dying. I’ve been there.”

            And that was the end of Linda’s sleeping problems.

            I sat there fascinated with Linda’s important story.  Her mother had touched the world we call eternity. What a promise for all of us. Just remember miracles never cease!

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