How does God speak and guide you today? We ask members to describe a treasured spiritual experience. Here are reports:
ANGELS COME IN ALL FORMS – Carolee Quant
This is a story about my miracle and seeing my Angel. This memory has stayed with me clearly like it was yesterday. And I will never forget it. It was a very cold day, only days before Christmas Dec. 2010. I left my home early in morning to go to work as usual. About one mile from home on Rt. 202 by the Falls, a car came very fast down the hill in opposite direction. The car hit me while making a left hand turn with no warning or blinker. The driver totaled his car into a pole. Meanwhile the collision happened so fast I didn’t see anything after that, as I flew up and rolled over three times not knowing where I was. I felt myself in dead silence; it felt like another dimension away from Earth. I felt myself going upward; I turned my head and looked down behind me and saw 3 people, my Daughter Deanna, my Son Joey and Charles my Husband looking up at me. They were looking up at me as I was leaving them or seeing them for the last time, so I thought. I felt like I was in the middle of Somewhere maybe between Heaven and Earth, but didn’t reach the light. But it felt close. At that point I was probably unconscious for a time, since at this point silence and airborne, I came down hit my head on the roof from impact with a loud bang. I was just feeling myself sliding, not knowing where I would end up, maybe in the lake. Suddenly the car stopped upside down against a curb. I was frantic, hanging from my seat belt trying to pry it open to release myself but it was jammed. So I tried banging the door or window. Nothing worked as I was breathing in smoke which then I thought the car was going up in flames and I’m trapped. “Help me, Help me, does anyone hear me?” I yelled. It felt like eternity I had no control and felt helpless. All I wanted to do is crawl out of the broken window on the passenger side to get out but couldn’t. When suddenly I felt to very light hands with no voice under me guiding me out the broken passenger window while hardly feeling anything. I was then dragged and pulled to a parking lot on my back by my arms not seeing or hearing anything. Then over me was his face. As I looked in front of me was my totaled SUV with everything in my car thrown all over the road. The other driver who hit a pole and totaled his vehicle never got out of his car. I was wondering, “Where’s the Police?” The man in his late 40s, well groomed, who pulled me from the car was still not speaking. I said, “Who are you? You’re my miracle. Please tell me your name. He mumbled words that didn’t make sense, so I asked again; he mumbled words. He said, “I left my office with no heat to go home. I saw the accident; you flipped three times in the air.” Then he disappeared in a flash. I couldn’t even see him walk away. He was gone. Finally the Ambulance came; I was conscious then. Nobody ever asked how I got out of my car. But everything was ejected on the road, but not me. How blessed I was. They took me to hospital. I was released, and they couldn’t believe I made it with just a huge bruise on top of my leg and some small cuts.
I guess I’ll never know, but I will never forget my Beautiful Angel that saved me. Some say he didn’t want to get involved. I say he was Spiritual and was my Angel.
My life has changed since then. I know I wasn’t meant to die for reasons. My Mom had to come home from a Nursing Home in Oakland to die at home and not alone. My daughter had lost her first baby and needed me to help her deal with our loss. And I got married to Charlie, so a lot had to be done and I was very needed. Also I had to see all eight grandchildren that needed me. And mostly it has brought our relationship closer to our Lord Jesus and our Church, Pompton Reformed. It’s made our faith stronger than ever before, and I appreciate life even more each day. I am blessed. Thank you Lord. Amen
FROM STAN CONNOR
During the Korean War, Stan almost lost his life while on a UN ship in a hurricane off the NC coast. Here is his story of how God continued to add years to his life and life to his years.
“The experience of coming so close to losing my life while in the Armed Services still evokes powerful emotions in me. I was given a very peaceful assignment by the Navy—serving on a United Nations Ship that went from port to port to build peaceful relationships. We left the USA to travel to the Caribbean Islands, but as we reached North Carolina we faced a hurricane. Now this ship, the USS Purdy, was a 2200 ton weather resistant cruiser. This was not a serious situation for this destroyer type vessel. However we were struck on the side by a 60’ wave which nearly capsized the ship, causing us to take on water, injuring a number of men. With 3 degrees more tilt, we would have capsized, meaning death by drowning to the 150 men on board including me. While crewmen were bailing out the taken on water, the captain realized the hull was severely damaged. He ordered the ship back to port. It made it and it was even able to be repaired. God gave me the blessing of a saved life.”
Stan was asked to continue to travel with that ship. So he traveled to many ports where he could be a representative of goodwill for the United Nations and the USA. He was asked to relate to the person on the streets in each port, starting in Cuba with Havana, Guantanamo Bay, and islands in the Caribbean. Then to ports in Italy, France, Germany Turkey and Greece. This experience was wonderful. It affirmed Stan’s good attitude. He says, “Once again, I was blessed by God, this time with a beneficial opportunity of service while in the service.”
When Stan was discharged, still very grateful to God for a continuation of his life, Stan faithfully weathered a period of unemployment, trusting God would guide him to the right job at the right time. And then he was assigned to a project that opened the employment doors for many, many people. He worked with Teflon coatings, even securing a patent for his company on the application to water cooling pipes—making chemically resistant flexible Teflon tubing. It was a joy to be part of the team that allowed that company to prosper from employing 150 people to 22,000 people by a few years after his retirement.
Stan says, “This was God’s doing; not mine. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. And God gave me this additional immense blessing. I am deeply grateful.”
MY FAITH STORY – KAREN HUYSERS FEBRUARY, 2017
I grew up in this church but as a young adult, I drifted away. I had a job that I worked on Sundays, then married and moved a little bit away and then started a family. Some of the really old timers might remember that I was born with a very prominent birthmark on my neck. My parents had it surgically removed when I was very little, but two memories that stayed with me all my life was the fear I felt at the hospital AND a beautiful white frosted cake a church member brought to me after I was home recovering. The cake is long gone but the love that came with it remains in my heart. Fast forward to 1986 and I was due to have a planned c-section. I was in St. Mary’s Hospital, waiting for the surgery to produce a new family member- a really happy occasion, but I was scared to death. A priest came to speak to me and seeing how scared I was, he prayed with me. His words comforted me and reminded me that God is with me every step I take. That moment, I felt God’s presence and peace. I renewed my pledge to be an active member of God’s congregation. And so I have tried to be ever since. The encounter with the priest, whose name I never knew, was God directed.
FROM WAYNE HAUSSLER