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Jesus was my alarm clock for sixteen years

I asked Jesus to wake me up a 6 am each morning. The next morning, I awoke to a presence standing at the foot of my bed. No words were spoken between us and I couldn't really see any details; I just knew there was a presence standing there.


In 1992, during a college winter break, I was at an 8 day silent retreat at the University of Detroit Mercy. We all lived and slept in the former Jesuit priests' house. Because I was working part time, I still had to get up some days to go to work for a few hours. But there was one problem. I had forgotten an alarm clock, nor did my room at the retreat center have one. This was well before mobile phones that had alarm clock apps.

So I did what any red-blooded Christian man at a retreat would do.... I asked Jesus to wake me up a 6 am each morning. The next morning, I awoke to a presence standing at the foot of my bed. No words were spoken between us and I couldn't really see any details; I just knew there was a presence standing there. For the remainder of the retreat, I always awoke on time, without any alarm.
When I got back home from retreat, I believed it offensive to Jesus to turn back to an alarm clock when He had proven I could trust him.  He could be trusted for something this essential and basic in life. I got rid of my alarm clock and lived without one from 1993 to 2009.

I kid you not – during those 16 years, I woke up just when it was time to wake up. Some days that was 6 am. Some days that was 7:30 am. I attribute this remarkable string of successes not to me or my body rhythms, or to self hypnosis or anything like that. But to Jesus.

I'm sorry to say that I use an alarm clock again. That's because one day when I was in Belgium and had to get up at 7am to catch my flight home, I did not get up at the right time. Perhaps it was jet lag, having never adjusted to the new time zone during the week. Or staying out very late the night before, with my client, as he showed me around Belgium. Or finally relaxing after completing something I had never done before; traveling to a new country, spending the week training and consulting, all after having started my own business a few months prior. Regardless of the reason, after the panicked dash to and through the crowded airport, I returned back to using an alarm clock.

Even though I use an alarm clock today, I am grateful for making the flight after waking up 90 minutes late. I really don't know how I managed to: check out of my room, get a taxi and make it through the very long customs line in time to board the plane. God took care of me that morning; perhaps he knew I needed the sleep.

Kind regards,
Josef Wainz


What a unique God story!  So different from the standard testimony!  It shows a very different dimension to the possible relationships between human and Creator!  God taking care of very basic needs. Regularly. Note that Joe played a huge role in this story.  He trusted Jesus completely.   

I wonder what kinds of wonders our lives would contain if we too would put this much faith in our Lord for something this basic, and then did not provide for ourselves a plan B as well, in case the Lord didn't come through.   [- Bill Griffin, Managing Editor]. 

β€œLet the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on their God.”  [Isaiah 50:10]

How Wtness.org discovered this story:  Managing Editor Bill Griffin is friends with Joe.  We were talking about relying on Jesus for our "daily bread" (Matt 6:11 - "Give us this day our daily bread...") and were commenting on how our regular, daily needs could be more than the food, bread.  Then, nonchalantly, Joe dropped this bombshell of a story.

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  • Year Occurred 2009
  • Location United States
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Healing of Marilyn's Cancer

"I saw a bright light radiating from the host that I could not look at. Then I felt a warmth permeating my whole body and knew that I was cured."


Religion has been a very important part of my life. I met my husband at a Franciscan youth group and were later married with the blessing of the Friars. After my husband died 47 years later, I received the news that I had colon cancer. My hope was fading and thought I would be joining my husband especially after two serious operations, performed by Surya Nalamati, M.D. at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

By chance, two friends and I went to an "Infant of Prague" (Three days of prayer) service presided over by Father Ben Luedtke at St. Albert the Great Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan in 2010. I happened to sit on the end pew next to the aisle. Father Ben was blessing us with the monstrance (a dignified transparent receptacle) in which the blessed Eucharist was exposed. Instead of just standing at the altar, he started to come down the aisle. When he reached me to begin the individual blessing, I saw a bright light radiating from the host that I could not look at. Then I felt a warmth permeating my whole body and knew that I was cured.

After the healing, I did tell Fr. Ben about it and he said it wasn't him but the Lord who healed me (which is true).

I believe that Jesus is truly present in the host once the priest consecrates it (St. John 6: 48 – 59). Why He healed me is a mystery that only He knows. I believe that if you try to live a good Christian life and follow the commandments of God, your faith will give you peace in your heart to carry on. I have been cancer free now for more than five years. I thank God for my faith and pray for peace and joy to all.

Marilyn Wynne
Dearborn, Michigan, USA 48126


How Wtness.org learned of Marilyn's story:   On Sept. 17, 2016, The Michigan Catholic magazine published an article about Wtness.org.  Marilyn lives within the local area, and read the article, and submitted the article through the site.  

Does God heal only in this way?  That is, to life-long Catholics who are worshipping His living presence in the Eucharist?  No; he heals whom He wants to heal.  Compare this story of a young college man healed of a back that he was unable to straighten for many months.  That young man had never before been to a church of any kind, but when he heard about Jesus in his first church visit, he said, "I want to know that Man!"

Are you jealous because I'm generous?  [Matt 20:15]

 

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  • Year Occurred 2010
  • Location United States
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