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Brilliant White Light

 

Background; I was born 20th of March 1951 into a Catholic family, my parents were 2nd generation Italian Americans. We moved to an adjacent suburb of Detroit Michigan when I was three years old. We were not, nor have I ever been overly religious. Our house, like the others in the neighborhood was a brick bungalow, a tract home.

I was the second oldest of five children. We slept upstairs. My two sisters shared a bedroom as did my two brothers. Opposite the upstairs landing was my sisters' bedroom. Behind me was my brothers' bedroom.

My bed was at the top of the stairs in what would be more of a study or sewing room. I always had by own bed. My bed faced a south westerly direction. I am not sure of the year, I was still a young boy. I think I was probably nine years old or so and the year would probably have been 1960.

I think the time of year was late winter or early spring because I remember a heavy blanket. It was early morning, long before daylight when I was awakened by a bright light. I opened my eyes and saw what I can only describe as the brightest, most brilliant white light that I have ever experienced. The light hovered in front of me at the foot of the bed over a cedar chest. I was terrified. I was so scared that as my heart pounded I stopped breathing on purpose, hoping the light would stop or go away. As I continued to try to look into the light, to try and see what it was or where it was coming from; the image of Jesus appeared. A typical image like you might see in a catechism or prayer book. It was the image of Jesus back lit by a brilliant white light. I didn't understand. I could not understand what was happening to me. Still terrified I looked into the image of Jesus. Jesus was looking into me as the light and image floated and drifted, and at that moment I realized I had nothing to fear. When the fear left me and I was calm, I understood. The image and the light stopped and then I was calm and exhausted and went back to sleep. When I got out of bed the next morning and there was normal daylight and it was just a regular day I put the experience aside. I knew it happened, I knew I did not imagine it but I could not fit it into my young life's makeup or reasoning. The light was there, that I am convinced of, but did my mind insert the image of Jesus to calm myself? That part I cannot be sure of.

I have never told this story nor have I told of this experience to anyone.

Just recently I decided to search the web. The search was for "brilliant white light". It brought me to this web site where I have found others who have had similar experiences.

This was a true and not an imagined experience. What does it mean?

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Trent (guest)
 
3 months ago (2018-09-22)
Christopher,
A very similar occurrence happened to me at age 18, I'm 56 now. One night, after just falling asleep, a brilliant light came to me within my sleep and a voice said, 'You are to give your heart to Me.' I was also indescribably terrified.
It took me years to figure it out. You've been given an incredible gift. That was a calling to devote your life to Christ. Many are called but few are chosen. Open the New Testament and read!
HopeFaithLove26 (guest)
 
8 months ago (2018-04-15)
I just want to share my son & I's story. My son & I shared bed, since my husband passed away I was scared to sleep by myself & my son sneaked inside my room, so I let him sleep beside me. One time in the middle of the night, I was about to sleep with my eyes closed, suddenly, my son woke me up & asked me what's the bright light across our bed on the ceiling on top of our door. We were so scared that we just hugged & faced each other while staring at the bright light that we've never ever seen before, as if the light has life. The longer I stared at the light I felt peace & calm within me. It stayed for couple minutes. When it was gone, I told my son that it was probably his Dad or angel or Jesus himself visiting us. My son & I will never forget this shared experience we had. After couple days, I saw the bright light again. I really believe, we never walked alone on this earth. God is always with us no matter what we've been through... And that we're all connected to our Source!
Andy (guest)
 
8 months ago (2018-04-05)
I was reading this morning about moses how he had an experiance with

God when he saw the burning bush It reminded me of my experiance I had with God I have done possibly everything you could imagine in the world I was a thief,fighter,smoker,drug attic for years and other things iam not proud off I hit rock bottom so low I tried too suicied twice went through a seperation hit depression lost my son in the process I was done I was laying down on my sofa thinking about all this that was happening to me then out off know where a bright light hit my face I was still awake when I saw this it blinded me for a second I through my blankey over my face I was scared then a that moment I knew God was calling me I fought my calling about a year God was dealing with me I had conviction like you wouldn't believe everything I was doing didn't feel right anymore I was still getting high and talking to others about God this is how God dealt with me I know it sounds wrong but it happened that way I remember my last high I was up for two days straight on coacian and crank I went to my sis house to pick my son finally got to see him an old apastolic preacher called over my sis house he wanted to talk with me he said are you coming to church this morning I told him no I have been up for two nights and I didn't want to disrespect Gods house he said God said come as you are so I went sat there in church that morning he got up to speak and out of know where I felt the power of God strong I remember putting my face down and cryied I felt a battle inside off me I grunted like a wild beast two preachers came down to pray for me it seemed like five minute but two hours had pass when they let me go I felt a joy,peace,love,and I knew God clensed me from the filth I was inn I was set free that day until now I have been clean for twenty four years now never went back on drugs and all those things I use to do I want to thank him for the calling and to let some one know that God can change the very worst and make beautifull I repented off my sins that day few days later I was baptized in Jesus name then filled with the holy ghost speaking in tonuges Acts 2:38 God bless
Justin (guest)
 
12 months ago (2017-12-30)
I too have seen a brilliant blinding white light. It was not just a cloud but completely encompassed my vision. I could see nothing but the white light and it happened in the middle of the Lord' Prayer! I have never seen anything like nor seen it again. It was so intense I felt myself becoming disconnected from everything which scared me... I believe it was the Glory of God and it was no coincidence it happened during the Lord's Prayer and at a tie I had been praying day and night for a sign from God.

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