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Jesus Put His Hand on my Shoulder


This is very real and one of the most beautiful experiences of my life. It is also very personal for me. I hope I can find the right words to recount my experience. I have tried all of my 39 years to be religious including attending many churches. I have grappled constantly with whether or not there is a God. I gave up finally as I thought, a couple of years ago, deciding that all Churches are simply out for money. I became incredibly cynical about the notion of religion. My intellect convinced me that there wasn't a God and that was the end of that...

Recently, I have been under enormous changes and stress in my personal life. I reached the worst levels of despair that I have ever felt. We moved with our children to a new city away from our family and friends. We lost a baby three months into the pregnancy, couldn't find a house or any new friends, and things were just looking bleak.

So bleak that I was seriously considering if I could cope anymore with life. I realized that the levels of my despair were getting serious and I wondered if I could be acutely depressed. I began to get repetitive thoughts that I was "alone" in this world and that no-one loved me... I knew my husband loved me, but he was under stress himself and there were times where I just felt desolate... Until...

and this is it.

I was in my ensuite bathroom about to go to the loo (great place for an experience such as this one) when around the corner came a man. I couldn't "see" him. I could sense him and there was no doubt that someone had come into the bathroom. He was a fuzziness, an energy - like the pixels from off a tv set. He was a warmth. A calmness.

The man came and stood behind my left shoulder. He placed his right hand on my left shoulder. He said "I love You". As the message was given to me (it was non-verbal but made a clear visual imprint on my mind) a sense and a feeling of a pure, the most pure love filled me. It was almost golden, although I couldn't see it - I felt the most unconditional love I have ever felt.

I knew someone was there. I turned to them and actually said out aloud "I just wanted to say that I recognize you are there, and I want to thank you for coming all this way to tell me that". Because this person gave me the greatest gift, the most beautiful feeling I have ever received.

I felt the Hand on my shoulder for over two hours afterwards. There were two pressure points - one of the thumb and then the palm. I wasn't scared at all either - I thought it was really cool that He was reminding me that he had been there.

I felt immediately drawn to read my bible which I have not opened for 24 years. In fact I had to "find" it. I had an urgency to find it. I turned immediately to Corinthians, which my husband later told me is all about Love - perhaps a coincidence?

The word God up to this point had never stirred any feelings in me. Now, I "know" who God is.

I just "know".

I get it. I understand what this "love" is all about.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my experience in a safe place, because it was wonderful. I now know that I am not alone. I also know that I am loved.

Thanks for reading.

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Paul (guest)
2 years ago (2022-04-02)
I was in bed one night, I felt low and was sleepy. I felt a presence from my bedroom window calmly move around my bedroom. It then attempted to form a spirit form in front of me with red and blue pixels, kind of in the shape of a person. I am sure it was my Mom, I felt complete love and peace given to me. I then felt the spirit move around again, not pixels now and then went through my bedroom window. It was a beautiful experience and I know my Mom came to visit me. My Mom was the most beautiful caring person, a retired Nursing Sister. I know she has made a place for me when I die
ramon (guest)
3 years ago (2021-01-15)
just months ago I was diagnosed that I have a bowel cancer. At first I was a bit shocked and find it hard to accept it. I told to myself is this will be the end of me. Thinking to leave my wife my two children makes things more harder to accept. That very moment I surrender evrything to God. I asked Him Lord if this part of your pruning process so I can grow again according to your will so be it. On the day of my surgery I was put in pre admission room and from there the marker put marks on the spots of my tummy where the stoma bag will be placed in case I will need one. After her the anesthesiologist came and put the syringe on my left arm so the pain killer drips can be attached there after my surgery in case the pain tablets will not be sufficent for me. When I was in the operating theater they started to put the tubes on my nose and on my mouth and I started to lose my consciousness I saw my doctor smilimg and reaching his hand to me. I grabbed it and touched it and that is my last recollection. When iwoke up I'm already at icu The very fierst thing that registerd in my mind is the hand that I touched. It is big but gentle hand and it seems He is there telling me that it is His hands that I touched and I am saved. That very moment my spirit was lifted high and even my eyes are closed I felt the calmness, the joy the peace and security inside of me. That feelings lasted until I left the hospital that I did not even need a single amount of pain killers that the hospital prepared for me. I was dicharged earlier as the doctor told me I handled it very well and I'm independent to the pain killers. God is good with me and I'm very thankful to Him until now and forever.
Angela (guest)
3 years ago (2021-01-05)
Hi all,
I've always been confused on religion, never really found where I would fit. I found myself a partner whom is Muslim. I felt overwhelmed with his religion and becoming closer towards jesus. Few years have passed and I became very saddened recently by his actions I don't believe match with his personal beliefs. I reached out for prayers in his own beliefs. I also prayed for him and myself today, I was sat drying my hair in the mirror in silence and felt a hand press on my right shoulder, so much so I screamed out loud. I was not expecting it. I felt a mans presence, I thought it was my father but he came rushing to me because of my screams thinking I'd hurt myself. I was shaking, but have the feeling this was something special. Of course I've googled and it all leads to this. Finally I've found my faith, my body and heart feels so calm.
Maz (guest)
5 years ago (2019-07-23)
I am a Christian, I was in the shower at a desperately dark time in my life, I didn't want to live. I felt Jesus right hand on my left shoulder blade, I turned around thinking someone was there, I felt remarkable peace after that day. I now have a relationship with Jesus. Peace and blessings. Thanks for reading.
Love Jesus (guest)
6 years ago (2018-11-20)
I too had a similar experience. I was getting ready to commit suicide... Thinking I had NO WAY OUT of a situation and Jesus came to me in a dream but REAL... HE DIDNT SAY a word but I KNEW what he was saying. I looked up at him VERY SHAMEFULLY AND WE CAUGHT EYE CONTACT most BEAUTIFUL EYES... AND I FELT IMMEDIATE FORGIVENESS... HE PUT HIS RIGHT HAND ON MY LEFT SHOULDER AND LOOKED INTO MY EYES AND SMILED A I FORGIVE YOU SMILE. NEEDLESS TO SAY... I DIDNT HAVE TO TAKE MY LIFE! THANK YOU JESUS
Timfaraos (131 posts)
9 years ago (2015-01-21)
And when you can't do anything to help your neibour, just pray and fast for him, and give to a charity 'in his name', and God will do the rest, by sending His Angels into his life. GOD BLESS! Timfaraos [at]
Timfaraos (131 posts)
9 years ago (2015-01-21)
All you can do is love Him back, and spread His love to other people. How? Well, read the bible and you'll see how! Love God with all your soul your mind and strength, and love your neibour as yourself. Remember the golden rule: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. And: 'Inasmuch as you have done unto one of these little and insignificant ones, you have done unto Me!... For I was hungry and you fed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and in prison and you visited me...' As you see, we have ALOT to do in our short life, until God calls us home...
wayne (5 stories) (15 posts)
13 years ago (2011-05-06)
Never doubt the grace given you. Life is all a test and God never gives more than we can bear. Though some do choose to quit life earlier as they prefer not to face the things they were meant to experience, and Sadly they will have to come back and repeat this all over again in another life. But in Truth (petal)...the hardships we go through in life is to bring us closer to God. It may not be noticeable at present, but truly the hardships we go through are Grace given. It forces us to look beyond this veil by opening our mind to deeper thoughts as to "WHY" is this happening to me? It does make us better people... More spiritual... More understanding and more deserving of His grace. Since your story was in 2007, I hope you and your family are well. I may write a story of my own in time? I wish you well. God Bless
singingcedar (1 posts)
14 years ago (2010-02-11)
I also had a visitation with Jesus. When the stories submission opens back up I will submit it.
He was in a vision and we were back in the time he walked the earth, with a look in his eyes and his touch I saw his life, felt his feelings... I love him Dearly but not in the Christian sense.
The bible has been through many editorial changes. Even though they are considered heracy there are scrolls much older that have been unearthed since the ones used for our modern bible.
There is a link for the Gospel of Thomas also.
These scrolls and scroll fragments have not been through the editing process or filling in of the gaps... Some of it you have to listen and have faith to what it means.
There are writings about Jesus as a kid and the true role Mary Magdalen played in his life. Read "The Gospel of Mary"
I have a new found respect for who he was as a human being.
jennie (1 posts)
15 years ago (2009-06-18)
petal and clarite-thank you both for sharing your amazing stories-I am struggling with my faith at the time and your experiences truly do help others.
Thank you
Dixie (14 posts)
15 years ago (2009-04-02)
God is love. Jesus said the greatest of all is LOVE. Love gives us, hope and strength to go on.
astroman6369 (1 stories) (6 posts)
15 years ago (2009-03-26)
Wow! That's an awesome experience! God Blesses in many ways everyday. Just don't ever let anyone or anything stand in your way. If you ever are down just look back to that experience!
Flutterofwings (17 stories) (110 posts)
16 years ago (2008-03-01)
A very good story and well written the Lord does work in mysterious ways.
Clairite (1 posts)
16 years ago (2007-12-14)
Over 7 years ago, I had a spiritual healing experience during a mediation-channeling session I was giving to a friend. And due to fear of the being criticized, to this day I am reluctant to talk about it.

During my session, a ball of light appeared by the floor on my right side. When I looked, the light manifested itself to feet and but they did not touch the floor. The feet were dusty and had blood on them(not dirty) as I followed the light up the body I saw a man with a robe and a gold belt. His hands also had the blood in the mid of his palms. He had long hair (med blond) and was the most handsome man I ever seen. Then I realized what was happening I started confessing my sins to him and dropped to my knees. Telepathically he talked to me - he talked to me about the religions in the world. When he was done, he then touched my head and I felt like a lighting bolt came through my feet and out the top of my head. At that time, I was healing from a brain fusiform aneurysm. From that moment, I had no more pain. The image that I saw was similar to a picture I have of Jesus and I feel he came to me that way to let me know who he was - everytime I hear the song "I can only imagine" by MercyMe I smile. Peace love and light ❤
scott (guest)
16 years ago (2007-12-14)
hello,you are very special Petal, I hope to meet you someday as I have had something along those lines happen to me as well, if you get a chance read my experience titled The Holy Ghost of Jesus Christ, more over of what I saw that night was what I felt and it was love, so much love flowing through my body as if I were floating or something.
dara day (guest)
16 years ago (2007-11-30)
hi I am a christan and I also have felt gods hand on my shoulder he is very special to me
Andrea (guest)
17 years ago (2007-11-18)
I have had a similar experience, I was at work just typing away when I felt a large old hand, like a grandfathers, place itself heavily but warmly on my left shoulder, as if to say "hey, I'm proud of you".
I spun around thinking it was one of the elderly gents, even my boss behind me but no one was there. That sensation I'll never forget, I cried the minute I got into the car, tears of joy and a sense of closeness with Him. I tell all who I can of this experience.
Anna (1 posts)
17 years ago (2007-11-07)
a beautiful experience -- that sense of a love that is so tremendous that it can't be described, validates your experience.
Asia (guest)
17 years ago (2007-11-06)
It is clearly a gratifying expierence to go towards love and your story truly explains the impact on people feeling loving

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