with Our Lady
taken Nov 30, 2014
Healing occurred on Jan 16, 2016
the past three years, I've had the traveling image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
during the week of Thanksgiving. In 2014 on the last morning, I took the image
off the wall and placed it near the front window so I could look directly at her
as I prayed. I decided to take a picture of the image. When I looked at the
photo, I saw what looks like rays of light pouring out from her Immaculate
Heart. What a blessing it was for me!
friend of mine (I'll call her
"Rose") slipped and fell a couple
months ago. I called her in January
to see how she was doing. She said
she had a lot of pain in her neck. It
was so bad that she hasn't been able to move. She
could barely lift up her head.
you need anything?"
I asked her. So I made arrangements
to visit her that evening. I didn't tell her, but I was in the kitchen baking cookies at the moment.
After I was done, I went to the store and then headed over to her
I arrived, I received a warm welcome. Rose
put on water for tea. We had the
cookies along with "Scripture
(the teabags had various Scriptures on them) and we sat and talked.
Rose shared vivid stories about her life and her conversion.
We talked for a couple hours about our mutual faith.
I told her about my web sites and I read her the story "Naughty
Then I showed her the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Rose gasped with surprise when she saw the picture.
She said that Our Lady was so beautiful.
I was leaving, Rose walked me to the door and said to me, "I
don't feel any pain".
She said something about my bringing healing.
I thought to myself that she must have been distracted by having a
visitor and it took her mind off her pain. We
hugged and I left.
couple weeks later, I called Rose again to check in on her and see how she was
glad you called. I wanted to talk to
she said, with excitement in her voice. "After
you left that day, I was completely pain-free for four days."
Afterward there was a little bit of discomfort on the right side, but she
said now it's completely gone.
moment I looked at the picture, I felt a tingle,"
she said, "and
the beam of light seemed to be coming straight from her heart into my own heart".
She told me that she really believes
she was healed at that moment.
said she has experienced healing before but not like this.
know of course how wonderfully He loved me when He renewed my health on the
afternoon you shared the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe and she poured forth
the ray of healing from her Immaculate Heart into my unworthy heart," Rose
told me later. "I will never forget the encounter of being heart to heart
with our wonderful Mother!"
the story doesn't end there. Rose
had received a letter that her rent would no longer be subsidized by the state
and in a few short weeks, she would have to pay the full price of the rental, or
move out. She told me that she was
simply trusting God that it would all work out the way it's supposed to.
She remained positive and upbeat as she shared stories of her own
generous heart in days gone by, giving her last $20 at a church.
"God always provided," she said, reminiscing about her life.
the deadline drew nearer, Rose had to face the fact that she would have to move
and so she checked into applying for food stamps to help with the budget.
which seemed insurmountable seemed to threaten my health and living within my
income, loomed in my daily thoughts," said Rose, "and challenged my
deep conviction that God has a plan for my life and will make sure that I am in
the right place at the right time to receive His Grace until He calls me
I checked my mail box and found a letter from the state that they would
subsidize me for the next year. I can just hear our Lord Jesus saying to
me as He did to Peter when Peter walked on the water toward Jesus and began to
sink when fear overtook him and Jesus said, 'Oh you of little faith, Why did you
faith and trust in the Lord is an inspiration to me... For the faith that is
deeply embedded in her heart would not let the clouds of doubt overshadow her
deeply held convictions that God is with us through all our trials, and He has
us exactly where we need to be at each moment of our lives.
Rose knew deep in her heart of
hearts that God would provide, as He always did.
This has reminded me to
accept my own crosses and affirmed what I knew in my heart, but I too, had allowed
the dark rainclouds to momentarily blind me.
Because sometimes when things seem hopeless we question not God's
goodness, but our own judgment and actions.
Did I do the right thing? Did
I follow the path God wants for me?
W. van der Goot Rose Garden
Colonial Park (Somerset, NJ)
is grateful for the blessings which glorify our Heavenly Father.
She wants the world to know of the Father's love:
witness to the world is testimony to God's love and involvement with His
creation; how He has so loved us," said Rose. "Nothing
diminishes that love. He loves us the same -- yesterday, today and
tomorrow. Only we can put an umbrella between God and His blessings
reaching into our lives. God will not interfere with our free will.
However, when we repent and beg forgiveness in humility, God uses the 'umbrellas' as detours in our path of our pilgrimage to the eternal Promised
Land. (Praise Him!) When we share our good news to others, we glorify Him.
There are many ways to say 'thank you' to Him."
138 Thanksgiving for the Lord's Favor
I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You
before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give
thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have
magnified Your word according to all Your name.
On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with
strength in my soul.
the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O Lord, when they have
heard the words of Your mouth. And
they will sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the
Lord. For though the Lord is
exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.
I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch
forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand
will save me. The Lord will
accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is
everlasting; do not forsake the works of Your hands.