Testimony of a modern day Rip Van Winkle

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

It was the morning of September 11, 2001. Startling news reports were coming from the World Trade Center in New York. That is one of the last things Jules Volk remembers as his wife Sylvia rushed him to the hospital. Everything in his life was about to change. He would spend the next few days on the brink of death as he battled herpes encephalitis. Except for a few isolated incidences, the next month of hospitalization would be totally lost to his memory.

As his pastor of his church I was notified of his hospitalization and made my way up to the hospital. When I came into his room a very unusual thing happened. Although Jules was not conscious he heard a voice behind him saying “Jules they’re calling your name.” And, when he hesitated, the voice urged “Go!” The next thing Jules remembers is my voice saying “Jules I am here to anoint you with oil in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” And then, he recounts seeing a huge thumb “almost as big as my face” coming down and anointing him

That angelic voice calling Jules out of the blackness of unconsciousness coupled with our prayers proved to be the miraculous intervention of God that saved Jules life.

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