Jesus Did It!
By: Diane Strain
I recently lost my 87-year-old mother, Elizabeth. Mom was, to me, what a mother should be. I'm 60 years old and have been blessed in so many ways. Mom, Dad, my children, my life (although there have been struggles...there have always been angels to lift me up).
My mother was also my dearest friend....I've never felt such pain (losing her) in my entire life. We talked about everything, so much of 'who' I am is because of her. If my children love me even half as much as I love her...I'm loved tremendously!
I was raised a Catholic, my mother was Greek Orthodox. The Greeks believe that when a person dies, their soul visits their loved ones for 40 days and 40 nights before ascending to Heaven.......as Christ did.
The 40 days and 40 nights were up......one of my brothers and I needed to know that Ma was "Home".
I was having a 'moment'.....have had many......of missing my mother. I pray often. I was asking the Lord to let me know if she is "Home".
I had been including this in my prayers for days.
It was late afternoon, my son and my partner were both home. All of a sudden, my vision was disturbed. Honestly......I just didn't 'get' it.....I thought there was something wrong with my eyes (bilaterally)...even with my eyes closed.
I saw a solid circle of white light with what looked like sticks on it......I'm an artist, I drew what I saw to show my family. This lasted for approximately 20 minutes. It wasn't migraine (I don't get them)...it wasn't flashing....no headache......just totally 'there'. If I looked at the wall (which was huge...we were living in a townhouse with a wall that reached to the second floor)....it was as large as the wall. When I looked in the mirror, it was as large as my face...when I closed my eyes......I could still see it.
Again...I didn't 'get it'. Just didn't, not sure why, because I'm extremely spiritual and I'm a Christian. I thought it was just 'something' that happened because I was feeling stressed, depressed, mourning the loss of my mom, etc.
A couple of day later......and STILL I was praying and asking the Lord if mom was "HOME"......It happened again, exactly the same way. This time it only lasted for 5 minutes or so.
Jesus answered my prayers.........HE let me know my mother IS WITH HIM. I have never if my life felt so 'touched' by the Lord, and I'll NEVER forget what I saw. Jesus loves me so much. He KNEW I didn't 'get it' the first time. Insignificant me......but NOT to Jesus. Not at all.
I still have many moments of feeling that pain (not having mom here to talk with...although I still DO talk to her). My tears, though, are missing her here!........My tears are no longer due to 'wondering' if she's Home........She Is Home with The Lord.
There's another beautiful blessing that I received, and one that my brother did, as well.
First, you must know that my mother and I were very close. She died from complications from a knee replacement surgery. Before the surgery, she stayed with us for over a month (my father is 85), mom had trouble ambulating, so, from the rehab center where was staying for months, due to several falls), we took mom in to 'save' days (the 100 days Medicare will pay), until her surgery.
Even before she stayed with us, and during the time she did, mom, my partner (Craig), and I spoke so very often about Jesus. She was so strong in her faith, and in her Greek Orthodox Religion. She fasted the week before Easter, she carried out the traditions of the Red Eggs, Sweet Bread and Lamb dinner (Red Eggs-Blood of Christ .. Bread-The Body of Christ .. Lamb Dinner-Jesus is the Lamb of God. She raised us to be good Christians.
Well, we often spoke about 'what happens' after we die. We talked about Heaven. She was the MOST forgiving person I've ever known. Mom NEVER cursed, NEVER EVER used God's name in vane......ever!
While she was staying with us (I turned my Dining Room into a Bedroom for her) it was during this past Christmas. Her view, from her bed (and from sitting in her wheelchair in the Living Room), was a huge painting of Venice. I left a small 'real' tree decorated beautifully with the lights on all night for her to see when she woke during the evening and early morning hours. She kept looking at the painting of Venice. I never knew 'what' the beautiful building was in the painting (Mom and Dad had been to Europe several times, and had been to Venice). Ma told me the building was a train station. She couldn't stop looking at it. It was hanging over our piano and I had a light on the piano that shined on it. I'm mentioning the following for a reason. The Light on the Piano has an on/off switch on the cord (which was well behind the piano), so I would just loosen the bulb to turn it off, then twist it to turn it 'ON".
The night before my mother's Wake, the light was OFF (To be honest, I usually only turned it on when people where at the house), well, the light bulb was loose. I went into my office, I was praying and I held a painting of Jesus, kissed it, then placed the painting against a photo of my Mother.
When I walked out of my office, the LIGHT was ON. Craig had fallen asleep on the sofa, my son was upstairs in the Loft area........(And no one EVER turned that on but me). The bulb was still "LOOSE" and the Light was shining on the Venice Painting. Moments before I went into my office, I was looking at the painting and saying, "Mom, you loved that painting". There is no explanation as to how that light went on (with the bulb turned loose) other than Mom (with the help of The Lord's 'Divine Intervention' turned it on.
The next evening, we walked up the stairs into the living room. We had just returned from her Wake. The light was OFF. I went into my office, both Craig and Derek (my son) went to bed.
I was scanning Scriptures the Priest had given me to send to my Nephew for him to read in Church.
I walked out of my office and the LIGHT WAS ON again.
My brother who lives in Pennsylvania had a similar experience. Just want to mention, mom was not supposed to 'make it through until morning' according to the doctors in Intensive Care. She was taken off life support, as she had cardiac arrest and was virtually dead for over 20 minutes. They got a pulse; however, she could speak to us. We KNOW she could hear us. When we put chap stick on her lips, she pursed her lips together they way she did when she put lipstick on. She squeezed my hands when I asked if she could hear us. My brother and I sang a song she loved, "Somewhere" - from West Side Story..... "There's a place for us, somewhere a place for us". We KNOW she heard us. I told her that her 'baby' (my younger brother) was driving here from Pennsylvania. She hung on (with the Lord's help). My brother and his wife arrived at 1:35 PM.....mom passed away at 1:53 PM. She waited.
Well, my brother returned home to Pennsylvania. He put the 'Mass Card" with mom's photo on it on his dresser. He was awoken with a slight banging noise approximately midnight. When he woke up, the BLUE LIGHT from his Cell Phone was shining directly on my mother's photo. It happened twice. He has been plugging in his cell phone every night in the same area and it had never shined with a beam in that direction. After it happened, he was 'trying' to recreate the light shining where it did, he couldn't. This was 'BEFORE" the 40 days and nights were over. This is what the Greek Priest mentioned, that mom would be visiting those she loved during that period.
Thank you for reading my testimony; thank you for having "Karen's" story on the 'web' for 'me' to read.
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