When considering the existance of miracles and the miraculous one possible example would be that of near death experiences or NDE's for short. Should anyone have an interest in the matter, I will link Elissa Al-Chokhachy's website called Miraculous Moments here in case anyone might want to investigate the matter further. Ms. Al-Chokhachy is a former hospice nurse and in her new book, Miraculous Moments: True Stories Affirming That Life Goes On, she recounts "over eighty-eight first hand accounts of after death communication, nearing death awareness and near death experiences."
In a recent radio interview, Ms. Al-Chokhachy said that "the "vast majority" of hospice workers are believers in some kind of afterlife. She attributed this belief to their frequent presence around the dying process and remarked that "you can't not believe" after the stories continue to accumulate. These 'miraculous moments' are so pervasive, Al-Chokhachy said, that she is constantly told stories from hospice workers who have either had their own experiences or heard tales from their co-workers. "I used to think this was just an occasional thing that happened," reflected Al-Chokhachy, "but everywhere I go, somebody tells me a story." Al-Chokhachy added that she "was skeptical of the idea that these incidents are merely the product of a dying patient's mind, because it is often the healthy, bereaved relatives who have the experiences.""
If anyone else would like to share such an experience, I would not mind going first.
I friend of mine who I have known for over 20 years had an older sister pass away about 3 years ago. Rita* had pancreatic cancer and was suffering toward the end of her life where she was kept in a hospital and medicated to lessen her discomfort. Rita's sister Jan* was an administrator at the hospital and both sisters personally knew another nurse that worked at the hospital named, Linda*, who was a long-time friend of Rita's and was helping to take care of her in her final days.
When if became apparent that Rita was close to the end, family members were summoned to be at her bedside. Rita stated that family members who had previously passed on were now visible to her and beckoning her to come with them. She described the place where she was going as "beautiful" and seemed to smile when gazing off into the distance. Rita then breathed her last and gave up the ghost. I know, this is pretty much standard fare for end-of-life-experiences, but this is where it becomes interesting.
About 2 weeks after Rita's funeral, Linda came home from work and found a message on her telephone answering machine. It was a message from Rita. Yes, you read that correctly, it was from Rita. I don't have the exact verbatim quote from the message that was left on the answering machine, but generally speaking, Rita wanted to convey that, A) She was in a good place and B) That others should not mourn for her or worry about her. Linda promptly notified Rita's sister Jan to tell her what had happened. Jan went over to Linda's house where they listened to the message together. Both of them concurred that the voice on the message machine was in fact Rita.
I attest that the above was told to me by one of my best friends in the world from childhood that I still keep in touch with. He had nothing to gain from telling me this and does not share this account with many people out of fear of being scoffed at. Does anybody else know of any experiences like this?
* (Not their real names)
UPDATE: In reference to University of Illinois professor Ken Howell who was fired for teaching the official Roman Catholic stance on homosexuality, the Alliance Defense Fund has just announced that he will be allowed to teach this fall. Link
Oh, I almost forgot, it was this past week in history that the radio program The Shadow first debuted in 1930. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" Buah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!