Ann Thomas (2)
Each day this Lent we are thinking about the things that have sustained us in our individual journeys through this last year. Today Ann Thomas (2) shares a very personal and particular experience of God that she had last year. Some of us, like St Paul, can point to definite moments where we have felt the reality of God’s love and power, and such experiences can sustain us all through life. Others of us don’t have such definite experiences, but the reality of God’s love is no less for all of us.
Hello my name is Ann and until recently I lived with my husband in Kidlington. We were parents and grandparents and went to church when we could; we were just ordinary older people. Unfortunately, last year Ray died of cancer.
Last February I was gazing out of the window when a tall man suddenly appeared standing next to me in my lounge. However, I felt no fear.
I tried to relax. Although I could see only one man, I sensed that at least one other person was also present. Then the most beautiful feeling of pure love filled the room. We sat down next to each other, yet no words were spoken, and I did relax. I felt a profound sense of God working within me, even deep in my heart. I heard a sound like water being poured out, but it felt like it was being poured in to me and I experienced an amazing feeling of love in my heart, which is still here to this day. Shortly after this, he / they disappeared as quickly as they had arrived.
I believe that this was a divine visit, and since then I have come to know and love God in a different way. Our relationship is beautiful, and my faith is strong. I pray and read the Bible daily because I want to. I am very pleased that this visit happened to me and I thank God for it.
Psalm 55.22: Cast your burden on the Lord and he will sustain you
Romans 5:5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
This feels like a Spirit-given experience of God’s love. It is something poured out. It is something felt in the heart.
Romans 5:8 This change that God has brought about in this relationship is permanent. We are reconciled for ever.