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God's Hand On My Shoulder


I have been in doubt a couple of years if I should share my story or not. First I wasn't sure my self about the experience and I thought people would maybe brand me as crazy. Well actually I buried it in my mind. My life was not looking well the last couple of years and I was going downhill fast. Even to the point I didn't love life no more. But as I remembered the experience not so long ago I've felt a change in me and I am slowly growing in something I like again.

Well I will tell you the experience now. It was 5 years ago, I was with my girlfriend on vacation in Spain. We went to see Barcelona and the big Church there. My girlfriend lost her grandfather recently then and she asked me for some time alone to light a candle there and to pray.

So I obliged and went to the other side of the church, I also lighted a candle and thought of all my loved ones. Then I felt this hand on my left shoulder. I thought it was my girlfriend so I would know she was done, I turned around, nobody was there. I kept feeling this hand, or better yet the feeling it gave. Such rest, such love, indescribable.

Like it all made sense. I didn't know it is one of His signs so I buried it in my memory. Afraid to be called crazy, and I felt undeserving of the sign.

Then my girlfriend left me 2 years later, lost my job, got sick, family problems and sickness. I was on the verge of taking my own life even though I know how sinfully that is.

Now recently I saw in a serie I watch (the collector), the man in the serie is a ex-priest who was seduced by the devil into sin and he ended up selling his soul. In that particular episode he looked back to his priesthood and cried out that he never got a sign from God, never had he seen a sign or felt his hand on his shoulder, with those exact words I almost choked on my coffee and I looked it up on internet and not only that also remembering the exact moment in that church in spain.

I am able to relive the feeling I got from that hand on my shoulder, the rest it gave, the re-assurance if you would like, because in my opinion I already did so many things wrong, sinned so much that I would never deserve this feeling, this attention, I still feel that way and I am actually crying as I type this. It goes to show that it doesn't matter, he will love you, forgive you. I never believed this because like I said, I am not a role model, never was, maybe will never be. I do my best but I can't seem to find what I am looking for, the girlfriend I had, I wanted to marry her, wanted a family with her. I love(d) her with all my heart and would have given my life if it would save her.

Now I am turning too old so I lost hope in this area and have given up again. So yes I am lonely, I have some friends sure. But you know what? If I then think of the hand on my shoulder and I don't care anymore I know now I am in Gods hands.

Now the last couple of weeks I have let God into my heart, now knowing for certain it was His hand. I let Him carry me and pick and reap the opportunities he puts on my path from which I strayed so often.

Now my life is looking up. And I know I am not there yet but I feel different already and in the meantime have made some new friends, got a new job, I can get along with my colleagues and again made some friends. Well I feel a bit strange now, I am not a church going person. I am not even baptized so religion wise I would not be eligible.

Does anybody know where I can find more info about this experience? Yes the Bible of course but which and where? Much appreciated. And maybe it can not be said often enough but I am pretty sure the He loves you, He is there, He is forgiving, even though you maybe never get a sign (I needed one obviously) He loves you, He changed my life for sure so, I love Him to.

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Anon (guest)
4 months ago (2024-03-27)
This happened a few years ago. I was being gangstalked, gaslit & harassed heavily for more than a year. It was a warm Saturday night, I could hear people at a nearby residence outside, they were talking about me. My window was open I heard them clearly. At the time I didn't know why I was being targeted. Feeling isolated, with no friends, harassed at my job. I started to cry, quietly, silently telling God that I was tired & lonely.
I went to the kitchen to get some water, walking into the kitchen I felt a large hand on my left shoulder. I knew it was a hand I could feel the weight of it. I automatically looked up over my left shoulder, as if I expected to see someone there.
I knew no one was there, I was surprised more than afraid. I have never experienced that before in my life, I'm not a religious person, I've always believed in God. I just know it was the hand of Spirit.
As time went on I've experienced what I believe to be Divine intervention in my life. I have no doubt God exists.
Ryan O (guest)
5 months ago (2024-02-21)
In 2010 I had given my life to Jesus but didn't want to settle for just going to church. I began also to worship God in my little beach condo each night. I'd get home from work still in uniform and began to worship for hours and hours. One day while worshiping I felt God hug every cell of my body. It was like a blanket of peace wrapped around every part of me. Then I began to get very light, before I knew it I was leaving my body. I floated up to the second floor of my place while looking down at myself worshipping. I remember asking God: " How will I continue to stand if I'm not in my body anymore? Shortly after I began going back down into my body and when my spirit entered my physical body again I heard one simple thing from God. (Some personal direction)

Shortly after I began feeling a HAND on my right shoulder throughout the day. Some days I'd feel God with me all day as I shared the gospel, handed out bibles, prayed for people. (This was all totally new to me to do these things.) Over the many years there have been seasons where I feel His hand many many times a day and there have been seasons that go months without. I'm convinced that it's not how much I feel the presence of God, but how closely we walk with God and obey his word for our lives. Sometimes I just read the Bible and try my best to do what it says, other times I have supernatural experiences and God seems to do almost all the work through me. Feeling his hand for me is like a little faith boost, and I certainly love when He shows up like that! But when I don't feel anything, I know that it's pleasing to him that I love Him anyways with my life laid down for his purposes.
Just Someone who Felt it Too (guest)
5 months ago (2024-02-03)
I was 19 years old. I was miserable, drunk, buzzed and feeling suicidal. I sat behind an alley with my face in my hands and slouched over in defeat. There was nothing worth living in my life anymore. I was depressed and hopeless. I started crying and sobbing, and the next thing I knew, I felt a very warm and firm hand on my right shoulder, and I gasped and breathed in the evening air into my lungs. My posture became straight, I stopped crying, I felt such an incredible warmth and love that filled my soul that it was indescribable, like God was there, and that he was comforting me and telling me everything was going to be OK. I stood up, no longer drunk, or buzzed, but very clear-headed and felt 100% sober. I walked out of that alley with my head cleared up and standing tall. I've never had that feeling ever again in my life, and I am almost 60, but I never forgot that feeling.
anon (guest)
3 years ago (2021-11-30)
Idk if this is the same thing you all are describing, but maybe if it helps someone to hear this? I don't remember exactly when it started, but it's been at least a few years now- I don't actually remember the reason why it happened the first time, either, maybe when my grandfather died? But I was in a lot of pain and I asked for help, I asked Jesus for help, and I felt warm, heavy hands on my shoulders, and had this immediate sense of safety and reassurance and calm. And whenever I reach out, not even with words but I just think that I need help, those hands come back and make me feel safe and supported and loved, through whatever is happening. They're there right now as I type- I wasn't sure if I should say anything here, like telling anyone would make it stop happening, but I just have the sense that it's okay to share this. I've never questioned God's existence since that day.
TheRedeemed (guest)
3 years ago (2021-02-16)
I personally love reading Romans or any Acts in the Bible. Hope it helps. May god show you his blessings.
A.o. (guest)
4 years ago (2020-08-02)
I was also touched by my father my Lord and savior whom I would die 4.I was touched by my father on my right shoulder with is right hand. Over 20 years ago. It was the most beautiful feeling you could ever imagine in the world. And I jumped up and he was telling me a lot of things. Some of the things he was telling me. Don't worry about nothing, happy and many others things. Everybody thought I was crazy but it was real. Keep your faith don't never ever loose your faith. God is all love, may God bless everyone.
Angel1210 (1 posts)
4 years ago (2020-03-14)
I felt this tap on my left shoulder the other day and it scared me like I needed to get ready but get ready for what?
Lisa (guest)
5 years ago (2019-12-18)
I am now 32 and will never forget the heavy almost scarey strong hand that rested on my left shoulder at a time when I thought I was alone, almost 15 years ago and will never forget the feeling... Child of God 👑
Katie (guest)
5 years ago (2019-09-29)
This evening I found a mouse on the street and took it in and cared for it for a few hours when it looked healthy I put it back in the place I found it. My mum was standing in front of me but I felt her hand in my left shoulder. I turned around and no one was there, I completely freaked out at first but I now feel completely calm and happy I have never experienced anything like this in my life I'm 15 years old
Amanda (guest)
5 years ago (2019-05-02)
I felt a hand on my left shoulder during a yoga class I was teaching I was surprised but the hand was gentle yet firm.
I looked up but nobody was there?
I believe in God & know it was him but I'm too scared to tell anybody as they will think I'm crazy!
Marta (guest)
5 years ago (2019-02-27)
I too was browsing for a hand on the shoulder. I sensed God's presence next to me at a time of sadness, pain and feeling forgotten. His touched on my shoulder was a confirmation of Him being there next to me. Thank you Lord!
Ben (guest)
5 years ago (2019-01-27)
Have felt the exact same thing a few month ago, it was so calming, definitely changed my view on christianity, wasn't even religious before that, just felt lost and depressed. But thank God that Iäm so much better now.
Smiley (guest)
6 years ago (2018-12-03)
God loves all who have love for him and know him he will never forsake you, the test is in faith & the rest is in him.
MM (guest)
6 years ago (2018-11-28)
I googled touched by an angel because I had the same experience. I had a big fight with my mother and left the scene sobbing because I was deeply hurt by her words. I couldn't stop crying and I was deeply hurting when all of a sudden a hand touched my left shoulder comforting me. I froze and stopped crying right away and my hurting turned into wonderful amazement and comfort knowing that my angel watches over me!
christopher michael wallace (guest)
6 years ago (2018-11-27)
Back in the early 90s I was talking on the phone to a psychic woman she told me that she was going to let a spirit show itself to me and before that could happen it was a right hand on my left shoulder I know it was a right hand because you know a right hand when it lays its hand on you on my left shoulder I immediately lost strength in my body I started to go down to my knees the only thing I could think of was I was scared I didn't know what to do but I will tell you I started calling out to different spirits that that woman told me to call to you the hand disappeared but at times that area tingles like what I'm doing wrong or going to do wrong I rebuke that hand many times and I didn't know what it was after reading these testimonies I will never eat that and again I believe it to be the right hand of God all I can say is I was scared to death that right hand touched me it touched me by the fingers first and then the palm and thumb at the same time I know it was a right hand from the thumb placement and it was definitely my left shoulder

Do you think we stand on the right side of God or Jesus and if we do it would be his right hand. On our left shoulder...

Maybe just maybe if anybody else has had the same experience about losing their strength and felt like I was going to my knees it would be nice to hear from you God bless you and I definitely am a born again Christian and I can't tell you how many times I should be dead and I haven't died yet I've been shocked by an overhead power line that runs next to the highway I've been in multiple car accidents that should have killed me I've hit my head on the bottom of the river the Ohio River I should not be alive unless God has his protective and on me I will tell you I have seen my share of spirits good and bad and I will tell you God uses me but I will also tell you when I was saved at the revival I couldn't speak for 6 days after that God is good
Coach Iesha (guest)
6 years ago (2018-08-28)
To Carrotred I used to feel the same as you. I felt as if I have sinned so much God couldn't possibility's love or want me. I was so filled with anxiety, depression, fear, heartache, and undeserving. All are lies by the devil. The warfare is to be after your soul and the battleground is your mind! I went to therapy and got connected to a life Coach. People have prayed for and over me and now I am at a place of strength and healing so much so that I am helping others. The devil wants you to believe you are unworthy bc you are an asset to the kingdom of Heaven. God put His hands on you bc you are chosen! You have to get out of your own way, surrender, and let God take over. That doesn't mean that you are meant to live a life of perfection... No one is. First we need to be saved and believe we have salvation. Salvation is free. Then we have to be renewed by the transforming of our minds... That means unlearn bad habits and learn new habits... You didn't get this way overnight and will not change overnight. Then and what Jesus actually preached first before talking about tongues I'd be delivered. We have to be delivered and then walk out our deliverance daily with repentance and submission. It is a daily walk and it will not be easy but so worth it. I rather be used by God that an agent of the enemy. Don't let the enemy use you to kill yourself and the purpose God has for your life. You are precious and worth it to the Lord.
Amal (guest)
6 years ago (2018-06-22)
I was searching online for such an experience to anyone. Because, I felt a comforting hand resting on my right shoulder while I was at church. I thank God for all the things that has come to my life. Even if it was bad, it taught me the biggest lessons I will never forget.
Kayson (guest)
6 years ago (2018-05-20)
Thank you for sharing this testimony. I too am struggling... In fall of 2011 I had a similar experience. I was at a prayer meeting with some folks. At a point; one of the ladies requested prayer. We all formed in a circle and began praying for her. Within minutes I felt a left hand on my left shoulder. I was puzzled, but kept on praying.

In the years following, I went through some very difficult years. My wife divorced me, I lost my job. It's been tough.

Just wanted to share my experience
robacejr (1 posts)
6 years ago (2018-03-04)
As much as you have sin no one in this world is PERFECT. God will always forgive you, his heart is always open. You have to open your heart to him. Sometimes people think it sounds funny and crazy. Its not. My folks where never a Sunday go to church person. I have had many issues as a kid growing up with my parents arguing and so on it was a difficult childhood for me. I always prayed for them not knowing a lot but knowing that god will hear you. My mother lost a child in her 3 month pregnancy, I said to god "Why?" at a point that I got MAD at "god" I took it one notch down said to my self things happen for a reason. 4 months later my parents tried again to have another child. God gave me 2 amazing healthy sisters. I said to my self one of them went to go get her sister. Gods big. In every life we all experience a difficult path in our lifes or even more than ones. We ask to our self WHY? Why me? PRAYER is huge. Open your heart to him. Last year many bad things happen to me lost many things up to family members. I never gave up on GOD. In return GOD gave me a Amazing little angle of his my baby girl born beautiful and healthy.
Shellz641 (guest)
6 years ago (2018-02-09)
I loved reading everybody's testimonies. I'm really sad to hear some of you are feeling pushed away at times. Just know that we are constantly tested in life in order to strengthen us and that the only way we can be far from God is if we walk away from the spirit, so being overly materialistic. As Einstein put it E=MC2 so even in this world of mass there is a double portion of light all around us, helping is get through. Stay positive (although its hard) and tap into it as much as you can and you will feel God. When you are at your lowest, just know that you are not alone and someone does love you and is always with you holding your hand through it all. You may not always feel it but there is a reason you are still here. He loves you so much. God bless you all.
jolene (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-05-13)

When I was 17, I experienced something wonderfull. (firstly I am a new born christian) I am now 30 years old, and this has been going on for many years. The hand on my shoulder, wasn't just a once of experience, but... I experience it so many times and treasure it. A while ago I asked our pastor (a great prophet) about this, and I explained to him exactly WHEN I feel His hand, and also HOW it feels. (to me its a warm, tingly sensation, that I feel for a few moments), so I explained all of this to him. (I mostly feel it when I am lonely, because I grew up lonely and in a broken home, and I feel it when my spirit is busy with godly things or when I am in distress). The pastor explained that it is defenitely the hand of the lord, it is a gift to be respected and treasure, but also to be used for His work, he explained to me that God wants to reasure me of His presence with His hand on my shoulder. The famous prophet Oral Roberts, always told people that when he prayed for some-one, and layed hands on, his hand would get a warm burning sensation, then he knew that the lord was with Him, busy healing that person. Treasure your gift! Regards jolene (south africa)
kevin (1 stories) (4 posts)
15 years ago (2009-04-18)
To answer your question about whether there are other places to find info on this stuff there are on the web. I had an experience too. Not exactly the same as yours but almost. The thing is its subjective, I guess we can count ourselves as very lucky. Really when I think about whether there is a God or not I just go back to my experience. I almost wish everyone could have the experience like you had.
T. K. (guest)
15 years ago (2009-04-16)
Thank you for sharing this story, I just recently experienced the feeling of a hand on my shoulder at mass, which led me to your site, because I wanted to know more. I know that feeling was real and I am thrilled that someone wrote about it. I look forward to reading any further information.
M Sweeney (guest)
16 years ago (2008-09-01)
To Carrotred (guest)
I think you cross broke symbolizing you feeling that you are displaced/lost/alone. If you can go to a support group you will experience God's unconditinal love.
Holding you up in prayer!
M Sweeney (guest)
16 years ago (2008-08-20)
It seems peoples stores are very similar.
There was a time I was alone with 2 kids and so depressed and slipped into an eating disorder.
Out running I felt like crying but a still small voice said it would be ok. I went to a hypnotherapist and she asked me to make out a list of what I wanted in a mate. I did and she said it would be impossible. She was wrong and the little voice was right. Biblically it is written we have an unction from the holy one and know all things. Psalms speaks his angels watch over us. We are spirit beings and as long as we work on ourselves we will earn Gods best. Life is a fight and that is what hope and faith embrace: the unseen to bring in that desire of our heart.
The best is yet to come.
Carrotred (guest)
16 years ago (2008-07-15)
Your words are inspiring. Unfortunetly I feel God has had enough with me now, I've sinned to much, even when I promise to stop, I can feel Him pushing me away. I understand though, I'm un-deserving of forgiveness. Just today I prayed I would have the courage to take a big step in my life, I could feel a positive presence with me the rest of the day and was sure it would work out. However when it came it, it turned out not as I expected. The as I came home, I sinned again, then my Cross neckalce broke, and I can't fix it. I can feel the presence leaving me. I'm really sorry.

All the best - Carrotred

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