Ben H. Swett
Temple Hills, MD
22 Jan 2013
Some Christian churches teach the doctrine of the resurrection of the
body -- that the physical bodies of all the dead will rise from their
graves at the end of the age and be restored to health and wholeness,
but Saint Paul wrote to the early church at Corinth: "The body that is
sown [buried] is perishable; it is raised imperishable -- it is sown a
natural [physical] body; it is raised a spiritual body." (I Corinthians
15: 42-44) Here are some indications that this can happen now and not
only at the end of the age.
Jimmy was old. He fell in his bathroom and broke his right hand. It
didn't heal properly and remained badly crippled, drawn up like a claw.
Several years later, he died, and I went to his memorial service. I
thought I saw him sitting in his usual place in church. After the
service, I went outside to smoke my pipe. When I looked back at the
church, I saw Jimmy smiling at me through the glass door. He knew I saw
him, and grinned, and held up his right hand in the World War Two "OK"
sign (tip of forefinger against tip of thumb to make the O, with the
other three fingers extended and flexed to make the K). It was only
later that I realized the significance of what I saw -- his hand isn't
Remember yourself young and strong
While my son, Bruce, and his wife, Laura, were visiting a nursing home,
they saw the ghost of an old woman who probably died there, all
crippled and hunched down as though she was still in her wheel
chair. They tried to speak to her, but she was unresponsive. They
didn't know what to do, so they prayed for her. Bruce was inspired to
say to her, "Remember yourself young and strong." Both Bruce and Laura
saw that crippled old woman suddenly transform into a beautiful young
woman and go dancing up into the Light.
My mother's little brother, Ross, was badly crippled with spinal
meningitis as an infant, and she took care of him. He was very brave
about it and said to her, "Some day Rossie walk." He died of influenza
shortly before his third birthday. She was grief-stricken and found no
comfort. Many years later, he came to her in a dream when she hadn't
been thinking about him. He was running toward her through a sun-lit
field of what looked like daisies in bloom, and he said to her, "See?
Now I can walk and run!" When she told me this, she added, "He seemed
to be older than he was when he died, maybe ten or eleven. I wonder how
that could be." I said, "That probably is how he thinks of himself. I
have read of cases in which someone's grandfather came to them, but he
looked much younger than he was when he died, so apparently our
spiritual bodies conform to our own self-image."
Razz Rountree's brother
Razz's little brother had sickle-cell anemia. When he died, her mother
went into deep depression, could not be consoled, and almost lost her
mind. She fantasied about digging up his body and keeping it with her.
This went on for many months, and then suddenly stopped. She came out
of depression and went on living as she had before. Razz noticed this
change and asked her about it. She said, "I saw him. I was just
sitting here in the living room when the other corner of the room
suddenly lit up and I saw him standing there, in that light. He was
smiling at me, and he said, 'Look, Ma! I'm all well now!' So I
know he's Okay."
A message for his mother
Olga Worrall, the spiritual healer of Baltimore, Maryland, was talking
with a doctor when she suddenly said, "There's someone here who says
he's your brother." The doctor said, "I had a brother. He was killed in
World War Two." Olga continued, "He is holding out his hands toward me
and turning them from side to side, and he says, 'Tell mother. Tell
mother.'" Neither Olga nor the doctor knew what to make of that, so
they went back to what they had been talking about. The next time
the doctor visited his mother, he told her what Olga saw and said --
and his mother burst into tears. Only she and the escort officer knew
that her son's hands were missing when his body was returned for burial.
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