“What is raised is a spiritual body.” 1 Corinthians 15:44
Our dearly departed have been known to visit relatives, not only in dreams, but also as physical bodies. In both cases, they deliver messages as God allows.
The dreams are very different from ordinary dreams; they remind us of something we actually experience as if we are awake. Their memories do not fade, or get mixed up or confused.
Such was the case with Bishop Eduardo Nevares, who contracted pneumonia and wound up in the ICU for five days one year after celebrating his ordination. He was susceptible to contracting Guillain-Barre Syndrome since he had mononucleosis as a teen. The sickness invaded his immune and nervous systems and he was gravely ill, suffering partial paralysis. Doctors feared the paralysis might attack his heart or lungs.
He received Anointing of the Sick. He was jubilant at the thought of meeting his Lord, while at the same time very sad and disappointed. At 56, he had so looked forward to his ministry, serving God and his people for many years to come. He lovingly spoke with the Lord of his disappointment. “How could I now serve you as I had hoped,” he asked God, “with this complete paralysis that is invading my body?”
That night, the bishop had a dream where he saw shadows that he recognized as his deceased mother and father. He heard them say that they had joined in his prayer, and had presented his prayer to Jesus. They told him that Jesus had heard their plea and would be granting their petition.
As Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, on the third day after the dream, Jesus brought the bishop back to health. He was released from the hospital with only a slight paralysis of his left shoulder.
Since that experience, the bishop has traveled the world, joyfully and lovingly attending to God’s people. Now 63, he recently celebrated his 36th year in the priesthood and his 7th anniversary as bishop.
Television producer Martha Williamson tells the story of how she actually saw her deceased dad, clear as day, when she was wide awake. She describes how, following her dad’s death, she sought help, consulting with a psychologist whose office was on an upper floor. She recounts how she would go into the office but most of the time didn’t say or do much until finally, one day – when at the end of the session – she burst into tears. Unsympathetically, the psychologist abruptly got up and informed her that her appointment time was up. Martha got up and left, feeling emotionally drained and utterly alone.
At the elevator, she saw a man that reminded her of her dad, only much younger. They reached the ground floor and were walking out the front door when he started singing “How Great Thou Art.” This was her father’s favorite song; he had taught it to her as a child! She ran to catch the man, but he turned the bend. When she turned the bend, he was gone without a trace.
She believes that was her dad, appearing as an angel to comfort her, and that his appearance was meant to fulfill God’s will. You see, her dad’s visit was what motivated Martha to write and produce “Touched By An Angel.” Her show ran for nine seasons. It illustrated God’s deep love for us, and offered hope in every episode. It has inspired many to know and to love God and to grow closer to Him in faith.