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)

Remember to expect the unexpected!

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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!

Let the miracles begin!

A LIGHT FROM BEYOND

Blog 195

May 2, 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 LIGHT FROM BEYOND

When Jana Branson was four-years-old, she had an usual playmate. Actually, she thought he was her brother. They would sit and talk. If she became afraid, he would always comfort her. Even at night as she was going asleep, he would sit on the bed as she dosed off. At one point, he told her someday Jana would become an Episcopal Church priest. Oh, yes, his name was Jesus.

As Jana grew up, her friend faded away and she realized he was not as real as some of her other acquaintances. Nevertheless, Jana knew he had been a reality in her life and took him seriously. When she told her parents about wanting to be a priest, they informed her that such didn’t happen in the Episcopal Church. One had to be a man. Of course, Jana was angry. However, with the passing years, that rule changed and today woman are clergy.

Much later in life with grown children, Jana went to seminary and became an Episcopal priest. Her childhood relationship with Jesus continued to guide her life. While the revelations might have faded for a time, the special dimension remained in the back of her mind. Today, it is difficult for her to put these discoveries into words, the numinous is in many ways beyond words. Nevertheless, spiritual openness has guided her life.

More than interesting, you may find Jana’s experience to be helpful to you. Perhaps, you’ve had something similar and doubted the reality. Jana’s continuing spiritual encounters can help you find reassurance. I’ve found that experiences with God break in unexpectedly for many people. Here’s more of Jana’s story.

When Jana begins to reach beyond her daily experience, a bright white light often appeared. While she could only see an outline of a figure in the bright while light, she intuitively knew that once again she was communicating with Jesus of Nazareth. She was touching an adult expression of her childhood experience. The bright light guided her away from some detour situations. These flashing moments were revelatory and got her back on the right track again.

When Jana prayerfully meditates on her life’s decisions, the light often breaks in and brings insight. Today, one of the most important moments comes as she is officiating during Holy Communion. The Sanctus prayer proclaiming “Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might …” can become a moment of encounter. During the prayers of consecration when the celebrant prays, “With Angels and Archangels and all the company of heaven who forever sing the hymn…” is such a special moment. Often the white light breaks in and Jana will see parents, friends, people who have passed on standing around her as she prays. In these moments of Holy Communion, heaven opens its doors to Jana.

Seeing the unseen? That’s been Jana’s life experience. She doesn’t talk about it often, but it has defined her sense of reality.  Jana’s special ability gives us encouragement in our own journey forward. We may not see what she does, but we can have the same assurance of what is there.

That’s what divine interventions are all about.

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!

Let the miracles begin!

BREAKING THE BOND

Blog 211

August 30, 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 Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

BREAKING THE BOND

Few problems are more difficult to live with than chronic alcoholism. Through the years I have worked with a number of people who struggled to survive uncontrolled drinking that left them broken and degraded. Consequently, I am always aware of people who have struggled with this condition.

Recently I was in a meeting with Tom and Tina Savage, two friends. As Tom Savage prayed, he made intercession for a person with this problem. (We’ll call her Alice for privacy’s sake.)  I knew of  Tom and Tina’s commitment to the highest and the best. My ears perked up and I wanted to know more about Alice’s problem.

Tom’s brother’s sister-in-law that had become a concern because of her obvious excessive drinking. Alice had a long-term boyfriend who finally left her because of her lack of sobriety.  The family had started keeping the children away because of Alice’s destructive influence on them. While everyone worried, there didn’t appear to be anything they could do to correct Alice’s problem.

She began turning in at around 7:00 in the evening. Alice would complain she needed more sleep and firmly shut her bedroom door. Everyone knew she was actually going to drink herself into a drunken stupor. The pattern repeated evening after evening.

On this particular night, the door didn’t shut and was open a crack. Tom’s brother noticed the opening and peeked in. Alice was crawling across the floor on her hands and knees, looking for a bottle. She turned her head and stared at him. Shocked, he staggered backward. The knurled, twisted look on her face was like a monster. Never had he seen such a possessed look. Alice had the countenance of pure evil.

Her problem was more than drinking compulsively. Something dark and evil had taken over her life.  When Alice was taken to the hospital, the doctor gave her two choices: stop drinking or die.

Tom and the family began praying for this bond of evil to be broken. They petitioned for a miracle to save her life. They kept interceding for the power of God to defeat Evil. Somewhere in their prayers, the bond broke. Evil was defeated.   

In the middle of the night, Alice was set free. Since that night she has been completely sober.

People may debate the power of prayer, but Tom and Tina can tell them their prayers brought a life saving change. They witnessed the chains of a diabolical defeat break and a relative set free. That was a miracle.

Also, 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!

Let the miracles begin!

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER!

Blog 210

August 23, 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 Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER!

Recently Rosemarie Hollandsworth and I corresponded about an important experience that followed when her leg had been painfully injured. She and a girlfriend attended a Roman Catholic Church in Boston where a healing service was held. Rosemarie could barely drag her leg up to the Communion rail. A layman standing on the other side appeared to have a spiritual gift and was being used by the Holy Spirit. Laying on hands, he prayed for Rosemarie’s leg. To her surprise, she was able to walk normally back to the pew with the pain gone. She never again had trouble with that leg.

But there’s more to her story.

Not long afterward, Rosemarie began to envision things that she had never seen before. Visions started to occur. She didn’t know what to think. One of these experiences has been called “The Dancing Sun” phenomenon. While she had never heard of such, this experience had also happened elsewhere where crowds of people witnessed strange movements in the sky.

Newspapers have published testimony from witnesses who said that they saw extraordinary solar activity, such as the sun appearing to “dance” or zig-zag in the sky, and careen toward the earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colors. According to these reports, some events lasted for even ten minutes.

An Archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church, one of my close friends shared with me his experience of seeing a similar wonder while visiting Medjugorje, Bosnia where three children had an extraordinary spiritual encounter. He had been staying in the home of one of these children who experienced the apparition. The sun seemed to whirl around in the sky, leaving him amazed.

Rosemarie saw the same wonder. What was going on?

A door was opened through Rosemarie’s healing that led her into the transcendent  realm of direct spiritual encounters. From the healing of her leg has come other marvels. Rosemarie has always been a kind person who enjoyed helping others. Now she experiences visions that she is learning to decipher. Of course, such visionary events can be hard to understand and it takes time to grasp what they mean, but Rosemarie is walking down a new and important path.

What shall we say? One miraculous event can open the door to an entirely new perception of ultimate reality. Often people are bewildered. Some worry that they will be misunderstood or someone will think them crazy. I’ve found most people to be shy and reluctant to talk about the unusual.  That’s normal but inhibiting. Don’t be hesitant to explore this new dimension.  If such a special encounter happens to you, don’t be afraid, but keep reaching out for the next step.

Remember: one thing leads to another.

Also, 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!

Let the miracles begin!

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER!

Blog 210

August  16,  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 Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER!

Recently Rosemarie Hollandsworth and I corresponded about an important experience that followed when her leg had been painfully injured. She and a girlfriend attended a Roman Catholic Church in Boston where a healing service was held. Rosemarie could barely drag her leg up to the Communion rail. A layman standing on the other side appeared to have a spiritual gift and was being used by the Holy Spirit. Laying on hands, he prayed for Rosemarie’s leg. To her surprise, she was able to walk normally back to the pew with the pain gone. She never again had trouble with that leg.

But there’s more to her story.

Not long afterward, Rosemarie began to envision things that she had never seen before. Visions started to occur. She didn’t know what to think. One of these experiences has been called “The Dancing Sun” phenomenon. While she had never heard of such, this experience had also happened elsewhere where crowds of people witnessed strange movements in the sky.

Newspapers have published testimony from witnesses who said that they saw extraordinary solar activity, such as the sunappearing to “dance or zig-zag in the sky, and careen toward the earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colors. According to these reports, some events lasted for even ten minutes.

An Archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church, one of my close friends shared with me his experience of seeing a similar wonder while visiting Medjugorje, Bosnia where three children had an extraordinary spiritual encounter. He had been staying in the home of one of these children who experienced the apparition. The sun seemed to whirl around in the sky, leaving him amazed.

Rosemarie saw the same wonder. What was going on?

A door was opened through Rosemarie’s healing that led her into the transcendent realm of direct spiritual encounters. From the healing of her leg has come other marvels. Rosemarie has always been a kind person who enjoyed helping others. Now she experiences visions that she is learning to decipher. Of course, such visionary events can be hard to understand and it takes time to grasp what they mean, but Rosemarie is walking down a new and important path.

What shall we say? One miraculous event can open the door to an entirely new perception of ultimate reality. Often people are bewildered. Some worry that they will be misunderstood or someone will think them crazy. I’ve found most people to be shy and reluctant to talk about the unusual.  That’s normal but inhibiting. Don’t be hesitant to explore this new dimension.  If such a special encounter happens to you, don’t be afraid, but keep reaching out for the next step.

Remember: one thing leads to another.

THE TOUCH THAT HEALS

Blog 209

August  9, 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 Church with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.

THE TOUCH THAT HEALS

Recently, I was running through some of my files where I kept stories of physical and emotional healings, reviewing accounts of divine interventions that have occurred through the centuries. In the earliest centuries in Ireland, St. Patrick defeated the Druids through sheer spiritual power encounters.  St. Vincent Ferrer a hundred years later was estimated to have been part of over 3,000 miracles, 873 documented by the church. The English believe the sovereigns had the power to heal. Queen Elizabeth l had healing services several times a year. The accounts go on and on. As I was reading, I was reminded of such a healing experience I witnessed with the modern world’s Kathryn Kuhlman. Like the healers before her, Kathryn had become known across the United States as an extraordinarily gifted and empowered healer. 

I had known Kathryn for some time when  she invited a group of Methodist ministers to come to a morning seminar at the First Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma. I came early to observe what she would do. In walked five clergy who looked like they had come to the Ok Corral for a shootout. Rev. Mac Waters (a pseudonym for privacy’s sake) had always been an iconoclastic sort of guy who liked to embarrass people. He was a hardnosed who didn’t believe in supernatural possibilities.  I knew trouble was on the way.

Kathryn came in the chancel’s side door. She began by answering some questions about a mission’s project she supported in Asia. Then, she abruptly announced that she had really come simply to pray for the pastors. Kathryn asked anyone who wished to have her intercessions to come forward. Mac Waters leaped out of the pew and came running down the aisle like he was going to attack Kathryn. She stood there confidently watching him charging toward her. Just as he slowed at the Communion rail, she reached out and slapped both of her hands on his ears. For a minute or so, Mac stood immobile and then dropped to the floor as if he’d been hit by a lightening bolt. I looked back at his four buddies. They were going out the backdoor of the church.

Twenty minutes later, Mac sat up and started speaking in tongues. In the following weeks, his theology completely changed and he became a different man. People who had previously known him were astonished. A miracle had occurred.

Mac’s experience with Kathryn reminded me that the hand of God is often extended through human hands. When such occurs, miracles follow. As I returned home that day, I knew I had seen one of those historic events that St. Patrick, St. Vincent Ferrer, and Queen Elizabeth l would have approved. Don’t be afraid to believe.          

Remember: Expect a miracle.

Also, 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!

Let the miracles begin!

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER

Blog 204

July 4, 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.

PERSISTENCE IN PRAYER

Some years ago, I started a Servants In Prayer group for people who wanted to explore how healing prayer could help them. David and Dana Taylor had been friends for years and she joined our group as we studied divine interventions and miracles. I did not know about her struggledwith a tumor behind her ear until later.

Much earlier in her childhood, Dana developed an illness with a high fever and swollen glands behind her ear.  As the symptoms faded, the knot on her scalp didn’t. Five years later the problem returned and the growth became two-inches long and one inch wide. Dana had a problem!  The situation looked like dangerous surgery would be necessary. A serious neck surgery had been required earlier. She didn’t want to go through the procedure again.

In our Servants in Prayer group, we stressed constant prayer about such problems. Dana realized she had not really followed this principle. Francis MacNutt had espoused the idea of “soaking prayer, ” meaning praying over and over until a condition improved. Francis had discovered that concentrated prayer over a period of time brought important results. Dana started following this procedure.

 She placed her hand over the lump and imagined blood rushing to the area and breaking up the growth. For twenty minutes, she prayed that the mass was being reduced. Her hand became warm and she felt something happening in her head. The sensation begun to decrease and Dana stopped praying. When she measured the lump, it had decreased in size by an eighth of an inch.

For the next three days, Dana prayed in the same manner. In the morning, she prayed for half an hour and did the same in the afternoon. After each session, the lump was measurably smaller. By the fourth day, the lump had reduced to the size of a pea. Dana returned to the Servants in Prayer group and asked them to pray for her. By the end of that week, the growth had completely disappeared.

Mark’s Gospel has the story of a blind man that Jesus healed. (Mark 8:22-24) The first time Jesus touched him, people looked like trees. Jesus needed to touch him a second time for the cure to be complete. The man’s persistence was significant as was the case with Dana Taylor. Some healing experiences simply take more concentrated intercession.

The point? Don’t give up. The power remains constant.

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!

Let the miracles begin!

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!

Let the miracles begin!