WHEN SLEEP COMES WITH A PROMISE  

Blog 213

September 20, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise 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.

WHEN SLEEP COMES WITH A PROMISE    

Recently a friend shared a story that touched my memory. At the time I was living in Laguna Beach, California when a nurse at the hospital called. A member of the church, she knew that I spoke Spanish and wanted to know if I could help the nursing staff with a child dying with cancer. The child’s parents came from Mexico and could not even speak Spanish. Their native language was a Zapotec dialect from the mountains in southern Mexico. Consequently, the nurse had virtually no communication with them. The staff needed help and wanted me to interpret.

The child had bumps all over her body where the cancer had created lumps under her skin. Nurse Dinah said the small girl was in considerable pain and had almost no time left. They hoped I could make some connection with the parents as well as help the child with her pain. I immediately left for the hospital, drove up the coast, and quickly found the room. I walked in with intimidation not knowing what I would find and fearing the worst. Maybe, we couldn’t communicate at all.

The parents were in tears and we fumbled with words as I tried to offer consolation. I could tell they understood little of what I was attempting to say. However, to my surprise the five-year old child and I made instant contact and we talked about their situation. I could tell that the child was actually trying to comfort her grieving parents.

“My name is Blanca” she told me and began to describe what she saw when she went to sleep.

“Beautiful people are all around me,” Blanca said. “They seem to fly and give me such comfort. I don’t seem to hurt as much when I see them.”

“Does this always happen when you sleep?” I asked.

“Yes,” Blanca said. “Always.”

With that she rolled over and took a nap. I sat quietly with her parents. In about thirty minutes she woke up. I leaned over the bed.

“Did you see the angels?”

“Oh, yes,” Blanca said. “But this time there was a man with him. I didn’t know his name, but he smiled at me with the kindest smile I ever saw. I wonder who he was.”

I thought for a moment. “If you see him again, you might call him Jesus and see if he answers to that name.”  

“Okay,” Blanca said. “I will.”

She rolled over again and I could see the pain was increasing. How could one not profoundly care for this child? I just sat there praying for her relief. Finally, she rolled over again.

“He was there!” Blanca said. “Just like you said and his name is Jesus. He talked to me.”

“What did he say?”

“He said the next time I go to sleep, I don’t have to come back and my pain will be gone.”

“Wonderful,” I said. “Just wonderful.”

Blanca smiled for the firs time and then rolled over again and went back to sleep. Blanca did not wake up.

I have thought of her often over the years. In the most unexpected way, her death was actually a miracle. She saw angels and God’s provision for children who slip away in the night. For them there is no darkness.

Did not Jesus say, “whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me?” (Matthew 18:5)

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A FIRESIDE CHAT

Blog 203

June 28, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A FIRESIDE CHAT

Only a divine intervention can tell us about the other side of life. Scripture gives only small hints. However, there are surprises along the way that give us pause to consider. I first discovered this story when I was in London some years ago.  It still gives me pause to think.

Then, everyone knew who C. S. Lewis, the famous Oxford Don, was through his writings. J.B Philips is not as well remembered today, but the Anglican Clergyman translated the New Testament into the Philips Translation. This first retranslation of the King James Version was a major success for decades.

Rev. Philips had drifted into poor health and felt he might not be able to continue the modernization of the Old Testament. He left his desk and sat down by the fireplace to consider his dilemma. As he was pondering the problem a familiar voice said, “I want to encourage you. You have important work to do.”

J.B. Philips had not heard his good friend C.S. Lewis enter. He assumed he had been so consumed with his personal issues that he had missed hearing the door open. He and Lewis had been close friends for years.

Dr. Lewis told Philips that he underestimated the impact his translation had all over the world and that the work was more significant than Philips realized and he must continue. The possibilities were enormous.

Philips was startled and realized that he must reconsider. Perhaps, he had allowed his health problems only to obscure his perspective. He assured Lewis he would rethink the matter. He looked back into the fire and then turned to speak. Lewis was gone.

J.B. Philips called for the housekeeper. Where had C.S. Lewis gone? She knew nothing about what he was asking. She did not see him come or go. Philips demanded she call Lewis residence for an explanation. She returned ashen-faced.

“I talked to his housekeeper,” she said. “Mr. Lewis died an hour ago.”

No one would question the integrity of either C.S. Lewis or J.B. Philips. It just happened. What shall we say? Perhaps, the unseen is more real than what we see.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

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SPECIAL DELIVERY IN A TIME OF NEED

Blog 201

June 14, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

SPECIAL DELIVERY IN A TIME OF NEED

Scholars debate divine inspiration and how humanity communicates with divinity. Fascinating discussions but often with little return. However, in the midst of those debates, God Almighty continues to speak in His own ways. Sometimes contact is amazingly unique. One of the reasons for these weekly blogs is to help people learn to listen from speech of God, particularly when it is unexpected.

For example…

Hunter Riddell had probably been only around six-years old when I first met him. I was building steps in our Colorado home when he came down to help. I watched him grow up and even play football in Junior High. Along the way, Hunter had some hard knocks on his head that left permanent damage. He struggled.

I was out in my yard mowing the grass when I was surprised to discover his father standing beside me. I turned the mower off and noticed that his father had a painful look on his face. Before I could ask a question, he spoke.

“Hunter died last night,” Scott Riddell said. “He died in his sleep.”

I nearly doubled over. I couldn’t believe my ears. I had to ask Scott to repeat his words. It was all too unbelievable. The twenty-two-year young man was gone. We began talking about what had happened, both of us stumbling for words. Finally, we prayed together.

As he was leaving, Scott said, “I want you to know I got a special email about Hunter a short while ago.”

Nancy Frias, one of his friends in Denver, heard what happened and began praying. As clear and audible as if someone standing by her spoke, she heard a message.  “I have Hunter here. He is safe and well. There is no more pain for Hunter. Yes, sudden death is hard but I am the Comforter. Scott and La Nore will be loved through this. Pass it on “

The message impacted Scott and La Nore Riddell with the inspiration they needed in that moment to endure their loss. God had spoken and they were comforted beyond what words can express.

Does God still speak? Everyday.

Learning to listen may be the most profitable thing you can do .

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention.

Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

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THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

Blog 196

May 9, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

I have noticed that with many people who experience a miracle or divine intervention, a door is opened that leads to a growing relationship with God and more encounters with His  grace follow. Once people step over the line and know what is possible, they don’t go back to the empty place where they once lived.

Leslie Draper is an example.

In earlier blogs I shared some aspects of her story. Through difficult childhood abusive situations and health problems, Leslie developed an extraordinary ability to communicate with angels. Finally, she began a ministry where people come to her seeking to discover the will of God. Leslie listens to them and then seeks to hear if the angels have an answer. Sounds unusual until people have tried her capacities. They come away amazed.

Recently I was talking with Leslie and she shared a couple of recent experiences that make the point. Leslie and a couple of girl friends had taken a little retreat and rented a cabin out in the trees. The place turned out to be more rustic than they were led to believe. As the experience was unfolding, Leslie stayed in contact with the angelic realm, asking leading and protection.  

The steps up the porch were fastened to cinder blocks. As Leslie walked up the steps, the cinder blocks slipped and she completely lost her balance. Her friends watched, terrified of what would happen.  After she got up, they explained what they saw. Yes, she went flying but seemed to be caught by unseen hands and floated easily to the ground. She could have broken a leg or arm, but experienced only a gentle bump.

Coming to the cabin, Leslie heard the voice of her protective angel say, “Slow.” She leaned over the seat and said to Regina, the driver, “Slow down. Danger is ahead.”

Knowing Leslie’s gift, Regina immediately hit the brakes as they topped a hill. Suddenly in front of the car were five or six deer stood in the road. At the speed they had been traveling, a serious collision would have wrecked the car. They were saved from a car wreck.

The Holy Spirit provides the gift that keeps on giving. It’s more than worthwhile to avail ourselves of the generosity of God.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

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HEALING POWER

Blog 188

March 8, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

 HEALING POWER

I didn’t grow up in a world where people took angels seriously. They were considered more of a figure of speech, an interesting idea, something akin to fairies. During the past several years, I have been with people who shared their experience of angels. My perception has definitely changed. I have discovered that the Bible’s description of the angelic realm turns out to be amazingly true and helpful.

Here’s an example. Kim Kosteczko of Gardiner, New York  offers insight.

Kim and her mother had always believed in angels.  The challenge came when Kim received a telephone call from a neighbor saying that her mother had fallen and had a serious injury. She rushed home and found a package at the door. Kim set the parcel aside and hurried to her mother’s side.  At the hospital, x-rays were taken that revealed the worst. Her arm had been broken in two places and needed immediately surgery. But there was another problem.

Kim’s mother could not survive surgery. With a fragile heart and lungs, she wouldn’t make it. The doctor’s only alternative was a traction brace. The best he could offer was the hope that fusion would occur. The doctor felt certain that she would have to wear a brace for the rest of her life. Not much encouragement there. Kim’s mother was deeply depressed.

Kim prayed for divine intervention and ask for the angels to help. She encouraged her mother not to lose hope because Kim assured her the angels would help.

When Kim returned home, she saw the package that had been left on the porch.  Inside she was surprised to find three angels labelled Faith, Hope, and Love. A small pillow had been embroidered with, Friends Are Angels Without Wings. Kim took the angels to the hospital for her mother’s reassurance. She took a picture of her Mom holding the angels. To her surprise, the picture turned out to be more than she expected.

When it was developed, Kim’s mother was covered with white transparent light. She knew the picture was a sign of the angels covering her with healing grace. Seeing the angels caused her mother’s depression to lift.

Six-weeks later when they went for an appointment, the doctor was shocked. Her mother’s arm was completely healed!

            By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

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A VOICE IN THE NIGHT

Blog 181

January 18, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

A VOICE IN THE NIGHT

Might God be at work when it s not clear what is going or the situation is not definable? Consider Jennifer Groesbeck’s story.

The twenty-five-year-old mother had been studying to become a medical assistant and was driving home on a dark night. The car struck a concrete barrier, went out of control, and careened off the road. Her sedan flipped over and landed upside down in a cold river that was not visible from the highway. No one saw the wreck.

Fourteen hours later a fisherman spotted the car and immediately called the police. The officers hurried to the scene and tried to ascertain what had occurred.  When they looked into the car window, they could see an arm floating in the water but little more. The severity of the wreck left the impression that no one could have survived. They started to back off and wait for a wrecker.

At that moment, they heard a woman’s voice softly pleading, “Help me, we’re in here.”

The officers immediately stopped. The words were completely clear. One man shouted back, “Hang in there! We’re trying what we can!” Other rescuers heard the plea. The police immediately plunged into the tide, trying to open the wrecked car.

With water up to their necks, the officers pushed on the overturned car trying to upright it. Slowly, they were able to tilt the car back on its side. When they looked in the windows, they were shocked. Jennifer Groesbeck had died on impact, but in the backseat was an unconscious eighteen-month-old girl hanging upside down in her car seat. The top of her blond-haired had been just inches about the water line.

But the mother died on impact. Where did the woman’s voice come from?”

Officer Tyler Beddoes maintained other rescuers had also heard the voice. Beddoes said he wasn’t a particularly religious guy but when he tried to understand what the heard, the only answer that came up was a miracle.

By the way –ever have an important hunch run through your mind in the night and wonder where that thought came from? Might surprise you if you knew.

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ANGEL UNAWARE

BLOG 175

November 9, 2020

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise has interviewed people in many states about their experiences with divine encounters. Because of the virus, he’s been unable to interview people. So, we’ve presented Summer Reruns. Now it’s Fall, but this week he had a discovery just received; he knew you’d want to read.     

ANGEL UNAWARE

Here’s an experience worth thinking about.

Robin Naylor gave birth to a baby with a serious chromosomal defect. The baby was immediately sent to another hospital for treatment.  After all the complications, the husband felt the need to go home to recuperate, leaving Robin in the hospital room by herself. She needed the time alone to sort out her own feelings. What did this problem mean for the baby’s future?  How could she handle the complications? The Naylor family was faced with serious issues. Robin Naylor wasn’t sure she could endure.

The next morning a cheerful nurse came in and introduced herself as Jan.  She related that she understood the struggle Robin was facing. Jan said she had a child with a similar defect and understood the tensions Robin felt. Robin could talk with her honestly because Jan knew her feelings and distress. 

As they talked, Robin could see the nurse lived a normal life in spite of the tragedy that had befallen her. The more the conversation continued, Robin began to recover her sense of sufficiency  A new sense of strength returned and Robin became more certain that she could live with the situation.

Finally, the baby was transferred back to the same hospital. As Robin prepareped to leave, she looked for Jan to share how profoundly her words had helped. She couldn’t be found and Robin went home with her baby.

Later Robin returned to the hospital to find Jan and thank her for the support, but again she couldn’t be found. Robin went to the nurse’s station and asked when Jan would be back on call so she could speak to her. The nurse on duty said no one by that name had ever worked on the floor.  Robin quickly described the nurse, but no one fit her description. Robin left perplexed.

As time went by, she couldn’t dismiss wanting to thank Jan. On a return to the hospital, Robin ask to see her records of the period she was there.  On the day of her conversation with Jan, the chart was marked with initial “J.S” even though no one with that name or initials were on the nurse’s roster.

Her conclusion? An angel had dropped by to encourage her in facing the difficult task that lay ahead. What can we say?  The book of Hebrews told us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. “

Keep your spiritual eyes open and take a second look at who knocks on your door.

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FALL RERUNS: ANGELIC INTERVENTIONS SAVE THE DAY!

BLOG 169

September 28, 2020

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced divine interventions.

Now it’s Fall. So, here’s Fall Reruns!

ANGELIC INTERVENTIONS SAVE THE DAY!      

As I wander around the countryside picking up experiences of divine intervention, I often ran into people who had encounters with angels – which is certainly miraculous. Recently, I ran into a story from Lynn Valetine about an encounter that happened to Sarah Loutner in Springfield, Tennessee. Today, Sarah Loutner is a dancer and performs routines with a Christian message. At the time, Sarah was only a small child.  

The Loutner family lived in an old two-story farm house. Like any older house that had been built years before, the staircase was steep. As was the custom in by-gone days, the stairs angled up partway to a landing, then turned 90 degrees before going up the rest of the way to the top. Sarah had a special place upstairs where she played with her toys. On this afternoon, she tired of playing with the dolls and wondered what her mother might be doing. Probably, she was down in the kitchen where cookies might be waiting. Sarah pushed the playthings aside and hurried toward the steps.

Pre-occupied in thinking about where her mother might be, Sarah didn’t pay attention to the abruptly sloping stairs. Her feet got tangled up, and Sarah fell head first down the plunging steps.

Like a scene in a slow-motion movie, Sarah discovered a figure standing on the landing. The man towered above the steps. Big and powerful, he appeared to be surrounded by a shimmering glow. The light swirled around him and Sarah immediately felt reassurance that she didn’t have to be afraid.

To her total surprise, Sarah realized that she was not falling, but seemed to be floating toward the unknown figure on the landing.  Unseen hands carryied her downward until finally her feet landed gently on the floor. She knew that an angel had intervened to save her.

When she looked up, the angel was gone. Sarah ran to tell her mother what had happened. She listened, but Sarah distinctly felt she didn’t believe her. Years later, when Sarah, her brother Aaron, and her mother got off on the subject of angels, Sarah recounted the experience. This time her mother was convinced a guardian angel had indeed intervened, but wasn’t sure why an angel would have secured her.    

Sarah’s brother Aaron immediately added, “You’re a dancer! You were caught so you could dance for God.”

Just thinking about her brother’s response, makes Sarah want to dance today.