Near-Death Experience And Encounter With God Changed The Life Of An Athlete
Talented athlete Scott Drummond was drafted into the army in 1971. While his peers were sent to Vietnam, he was lucky: his basketball skills allowed him to avoid the front line. He played in Germany when many of his peers were dying in Vietnam.
Although Drummond escaped the war, he faced death while skiing at the age of 28. He had a near-death experience during which he went to Heaven and met the Creator.
He did not talk about his experience for 40 years, until the moment came to support others in difficult times.
Now 68, Drummond lives in Provo, Utah, where he had a mountainside accident decades ago. Pulling off his glove, he saw that his dislocated thumb dangled limply against the skin. Drummond called his wife and was taken to the hospital, where he had an out-of-body experience during surgery. Drummond later related what happened.
“I was lying on the operating table, and the doctors were planning to start the operation. Next to me were a nurse and a doctor. They put a sheet between me and the operated finger,” he told The Epoch Times.
“The anesthesiologist was supposed to give me a drug to put me to sleep during the operation, but he was urgently called.”
Although the nurse was quite experienced, she had never performed a Beer block (using a tourniquet to regulate local anesthesia during surgery). For this reason, she made a mistake, and during the operation, the medicine hit the Drummond’s heart.
“They used lidocaine for local anesthesia. I later found out that I was allergic to it. This is one of the reasons that caused cardiac arrest, Drummond recalled. “It happened that I was lifted right out of my body. I stood there and looked at my body. I watched all this from above, looked down and saw my body lying on the table.
Nurse ran out of the room in a panic, screaming that she had killed Drummond. The medical staff began working to save his life, while the doctor continued to operate on his thumb, all of which Drummond could clearly see outside of his body. Suddenly, he heard a voice in his head:
“It’s time to go”.
“Someone was standing next to me. I couldn’t look at him, but I communicated with him telepathically,” he said. – And in the next moment I realized that I was standing in a field, and it was a beautiful field with tall grass to the waist. This grass streamed and flowed towards me, and I felt love emanating from it.“
Drummond heard an order in his mind not to look back, an order that echoes in his mind to this day.
“I was gone. I was dead. I moved on. I could look from side to side, in front of me, but I couldn’t look back,” he said. There were big tall trees on the left, and it was a forest. These were trees I had never seen before until I visited the Olympic Forest in Washington about three years ago. …
“The next thing I noticed was the gorgeous colors. I have never seen such flowers before. We tend to see things in 3D here on Earth. If you multiply this by a factor of 10, you get the color of the leaves on the tree. They were brilliant green.”
Between Drummond and the trees was a field of flowers.
“The uniqueness of these wildflowers was that all the flowers were facing me,” he said. “I felt a connection with these flowers because love emanated from them. I thought it was a very calming feeling. And a cloud appeared in front of me, but it was brilliant, pearly white.”
At this moment, Drummond saw his whole life unfolding before his eyes, as if on a screen, starting from the age of 8.
“I have seen everything. It didn’t feel like a movie. It was all in my head, in my mind, and I relived it all again,” he said. — I experienced it again. I saw my family, I learned what sacrifices my parents made for me and my sport, taking me to all my games and events. All this was done by them out of pure love for me.”
He sharply recalls his experiences, living again all his life within clear limits – “black and white”, “good and evil”, without a middle, without a gray zone.
“There is either right or wrong, good or evil. And I had no one to justify myself to,” he said.
“In my life up to this point, I have not always done the right thing. Whether you’re playing professional or collegiate sports, you have to do everything you can to advance. And sometimes I did wrong. And even in the business world, to get ahead, I often had to step over other people. I realized that what I did was wrong.”
Encounter with God
Drummond then found himself in front of the cloud again, towards which he headed. A hand extended from there.
“I have never seen such a cloud before. It was so pure that I could not determine its color. It was too clean,” he said. — I took up the study of the hand. … His forearms were larger than mine. From the way his hand passed through the cloud, I realized that he was a little taller than me.
“Those arms were much more muscular. This was a man who either worked in construction or was a farmer or carpenter. It looked like he was working with his hands. …They were very strong.”
Drummond believes that this man was in fact the Lord, who then told him:
“Your time has not yet come. You still have a lot to do.”
Drummond continues to hear those words every day.
“And the next moment I was sent back to my body and I was on a stretcher,” he said.
“I was being taken out of the ward, and suddenly I began to move in all directions. There was a real war in my body, because I did not want to return, because I had never felt such love and such peace before.“
Life from scratch
Drummond’s heart didn’t beat for 20 minutes. Now he understands that he was given the opportunity to start life on Earth from the beginning, and he had to take advantage of this.
“I was sent back because I was too selfish in my previous life. I was not kind to other people and did not treat them with respect as I should have,” he told the newspaper.
“There was one thing I regretted the most: I never told my wife how much I loved her. Before the operation, I just said: “See you later.” I didn’t even imagine that I could not return after it.”
After his encounter with death and subsequent celestial encounter, Drummond learned to be kind and considerate to others. Instead of focusing on himself, he prefers to help people in their careers, contributing to their improvement.
“The lessons I have learned are very valuable,” he said. “And it didn’t happen overnight. This is what I had to learn for 40 years, because I want to look more worthy when I go back there next time.”
Vatican investigates potential miracle at Connecticut church
The Catholic Church is reportedly investigating a potential miracle that occurred at a church in Connecticut, reports independent.co.uk.
The supposed miracle took place at St Thomas Church in Thomaston, Connecticut, according to the Hartford Courant.
Revered Joseph Crowley, who heads St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, which
includes St Thomas Church, reported that the wafers distributed during
the observation of communion multiplied while sitting inside the
“God duplicated himself in the ciborium,” Rev Crowley
said after communion, referencing the metal storage containers used to
house the communion wafers. “God provides and it’s strange how God does
that. And that happened.”
response, the Archdiocese of Hartford began an investigation to
determine whether or not a miracle had occurred at the church.
then, the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Doctrine of Faith, a group dating
back to the 1500’s tasked with promoting and defending the Catholic
faith throughout the world, has been notified and has begun its own
A spokesman for the archdiocese, David Elliott,
issued a statement to the Hartford Courant saying that “reports such as
the alleged miracle in Thomaston require referral to the Dicastery for
the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. The Archdiocese has proceeded
accordingly, and will await a response in due time.”
an important part of the process of becoming a saint within the Catholic
Church. Sainthood considerations typically begin five years after the
death of an exceptional Catholic.
number of criteria must be met, including “verified miracles” — Vatican
officials must determine that the miracles are a direct result of an
individual praying to the candidate saint. They must come to the
decision that the miracle was a result of the dead potential saint
interceding between the petitioner and God, causing the miracle.
Catholic Church defines a miracle as a “sign of wonder such as a
healing, or control of nature, which can only be attributed to divine
While duplicating thin bread wafers may seem like a minor
use of divine power to those unfamiliar with Catholic theology, the
Eucharist — often called communion or the lord’s supper — is arguably
the holiest and most important sacrament — or ritual — in the faith.
typically believe in the idea of transubstantiation, or the idea that
the bread and wine given during the ritual literally become the body and
blood of Jesus Christ upon consecration, as opposed to simply symbols
of his presence.
O’Neil, who goes by the moniker Miracle Hunter, authored a book called
Science and the Miraculous: How the Church Investigates the
Supernatural, spoke to the Hartford Courant and gave examples of
previous eucharistic miracles.
“There are various types of
eucharistic miracles, but the ones that are most remarkable, in my
opinion, were on some rare occasions, the host is said to bleed human
blood,” he said.
Reverend Michael McGivney, the founder of the
Knights of Columbus, ended his clerical career at St Thomas, where the
alleged communion miracle took place. He has been in consideration for
sainthood and requires one more verified miracle before he moves on to
final consideration for sainthood within the Catholic Church.
Leonard Blair explained to the Hartford Courant that “what has been
reported to have occurred at our parish church in Thomaston, of which
Blessed Michael McGivney was once pastor, if verified, would constitute a
sign or wonder that can only be attributed to divine power to
strengthen our faith in the daily miracle of the Most Holy Eucharist.
would also be a source of blessing from Heaven for the effort that the
US Bishops are making to renew and deepen the faith and practice of our
Catholic people with regard to this great Sacrament.”
“Blessed” is a title given to saint candidates who have had “verified” miracles attributed to them by the Vatican.
What hospice nurses know about the final visions of the dying
Julie McFadden is a hospice nurse who has witnessed many people’s
final moments of life. She has a unique insight into what dying people
see and feel as they approach the end of their journey, reports mirror.co.uk.
of the most common phenomena that Julie observes is that her patients
often report seeing their deceased loved ones, who come to comfort them
and reassure them that they are not alone.
Julie says that these
visions are so frequent that they are included in the educational
materials that hospice care provides to patients and their families.
recently started sharing her knowledge and experience on TikTok, under
the username @hospicenursejulie, and she has gained more than 430,000
followers and 3.6 million likes.
Julie said her patients often tell her that they see their loved ones who have already died – before they themselves pass away.
added that their deceased relatives will tell them comforting words
such as, ‘We’re coming to get you soon,’ or, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll help
According to her, it’s extremely common for dying patients
to see dead friends, relatives and even old pets, but she can’t explain
why this occurs.
“This happens so often that we put it in our
educational packets that we give to the patient and their loved ones so
they understand what’s going on. But we don’t know why it happens and we
can’t explain it,” she said.
usually happens a month or so before the patient dies. They start
seeing dead relatives, dead friends, old pets that have passed on –
spirits, angels, that are visiting them.
“Only they can see and
hear them. Sometimes it’s through a dream and sometimes they can
physically see them and they’ll actually ask us, “Do you see what I’m
Julie explained that the patients are ‘usually not afraid,’ but that they’re actually very ‘comforted’ by it.
She added: “They’re usually not afraid, it’s usually very comforting
to them and they say they’re sending a message like, ‘We’re coming to
get you soon’, or, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll help you’.
people love this, they’re very comforted by it, it’s not scary to them.
But yeah, we can’t explain it and it happens all the time.”
someone asked Julie if she thought it was a hallucination, she said that
she didn’t think so, since the patients are normally ‘pretty alert and
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