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Derry Bresee

This year I am again a semi-finalist in the International Open Poetry Contest, as they chose my poem 'Angel Thoughts' that I'd submitted to www.poetry.com some time back.

This poem will be published fall of 2002 in;
Letters from the Soul,
Librabry of Congress ISBN:0-7951-5160-8

In the section of the book under Artists profile I said;

I wrote the poem, 'Angel Thoughts' after having had a near-death experience from a traumatic brain injury and resultant month-long coma back in '97. Since coming out of my coma and remembering my NDE, my priorities and thoughts are different now and I communicate with heaven often. I no longer hope that there is a heaven and that Christ's life and atonement were real, now I know! Just like I know that I gave birth to all 5 of my children and tangibly held them in my arms, my testimony of Christ burns within me.

Angel Thoughts
Brain injured, comatose,
my heart stopped, breathing ceased,
Then,I found myself out of my body
walking with Jesus in a heavenly garden.
I came back, remembering,
I no longer hope that there is a heaven,
that Christ's life and atonement were real,
I know!,
Angels are near,
guarding, and protecting me.
When I pray,
I feel angels hovering near.
They tell me if I speak kind words
I'll hear their thoughts from heaven,
echoing, echoing in my mind
When angels are near,
I want to be in good places,
doing good things.
When the Holy Ghost is with me.
I have the leader of the angels with me.
My soul rejoices in Jesus, I invite angels into my life,
as my soul listens.

As I pray I remember the heavenly realms
When I hear angel voices,
I find their thoughts in my heart & mind.
I have kind ideas and acts
because angel thoughts are echoing in my mind.

Derry Bresee

[you can find this publication in all major retail bookstores and online booksellers (order using ISBN number) or you can contact;]
The International Library of Poetry
1 Poetry Plaza
Ownings Mills,
MD 21117

Waiting for answers to my prayers is a movement of my heart,
I am consciously abandoning thoughts
of what I thought God would say to me, & being still & waiting.
I take time this morning to hear God's quiet voice.
I give up my expectation of what I think he'll do,
and give him a chance to do what is best for me.
Awaiting God's voice,
I see in the dark morning sky a faint predawn light,
the darkness has fled, illuminating me as I wait,
I feel the rosy glow of his love, the warmth of his spirit with me,
as I await answers to my prayer I prayed in the predawn dimness.
I am preparing myself to hear his voice as I watch the sunrise.
As I see the beams of sunlight breaking forth from the clouds,
my soul finds joy!
My spiritual aptitude is growing,
as I watch in thankful silence, seeing the day dawn breaking,
listening for God's voice this morning.
What a beautiful way to begin a day!,
Waiting. . . .

Derry Bresee

Poetically Endowed
I write poetry to express the feelings of my heart
when I am in the attitude of prayer.
My faith grows when I'm praising Him.
As I phrase words poetically my heart enlarges.

Writing poetry is my stress release valve.
The more I strive to live a Christ-like life
the more I find spiritual safety,
during perilous times.

I can feel Him sending help my way as I write!
My talent of expression enables me to share
with others my love for Him.
I write to communicate with the heavens,
my poetic prose is a gift from Him.

As I reach out to Him I feel increasingly bound to Him,
and I seek others of like mind.
What a beautiful friendship we have with the Lord,
Guided by his spirit as we write!

Derry Bresee

I had a near death experience after I'd been seriously injured in a near fatal automobile accident which caused me to stop breathing necessitating the use of a ventilator and an accompanying coma. Since coming out of my coma I've had vivid remembrances of the time I was on the other side of veil in a heavenly realm.

There was a bright mist permeating everything. The light was everywhere, it even passed through me! I can remember looking at my hand and the light passed through it. I could see my hand was transparent, but this did not surprise me. As I walked with this heavenly personage his countenance shone forth with such a brightness that I can't describe. I knew this heavenly personage was Jesus because I recognized him as a familiar friend. He didn't announce who he was because this wasn't necessary.

I remember walking with Jesus, but we weren't walking in the physical sense, the best way I can describe our walking was that we were walking in mid-air, floating a bar spare above the ground of this beautiful garden we were walking in. Everything in this garden had an overall whiteness and brightness about it. I was seeing the bright green of the plants. I could see the water, and a bright glow surrounded it & the burbling of this water had a musical sound to it, the water fairly sang! The water was so sparkling clear! I remember wanting to bend over and take a drink from the stream that was running through this garden we were walking thru. When I tried to scoop up water with my hands the water ran through my hands, literally, and it wasn't wet! Jesus stopped walking and looked at me while I was bent over trying to drink this water. I could feel his eyes on me. My thirst for this water even though I wasn't able to put to my lips and drink it was gone at that moment! I can't describe the sensation I felt when the water was running through my hands, but I did feel something. I felt this overwhelming desire to experience everything about this garden. When I and the heavenly being talked it wasn't with our mouths, but I knew we were communicating, his countenance fairly shone, and how he felt about me shone forth about him. He simply exuded love and concern and caring for me just by standing there. The feeling of peace I felt was undescribeable! I was given the choice that I could either come back to this earth and live more life or stay with him there in Heaven. We both knew that returning to this earth would be a struggle because I'd told him that I wanted to return to this earth if I could help myself and others. He knew that I didn't want to live more life on this earth if life meant being trapped in unresponsive body, unable to communicate. The look of love in his eyes filled me with joy then, and as I remember that feeling of joy I felt then I'm filled me with joy anew. I don't know how I did this, but then I remember that I was in a hospital room looking at my husband holding my hand and talking to me. Only I wasn't seeing from the vantage point thru my own eyes. I recognized that was my body, but I was outside of it, looking at my body. As I viewed this scene I felt a strong desire that I wanted to return to this earth and live more life with my husband, if I could communicate with him and help him. I was understood and the desires of my heart were heard.

The next thing I remember was being trapped in my body while others cared for my physical needs. I can remember that I could tell what the nurses were thinking about me by how they touched me. I knew if they thought I was going to live or not thru their touch. I knew if they thought they were caring for a basically dead person whose spirit wasn't there. I remember trying to scream out, "Look! I'm alive! I'm in here! I'm going to live!" I relaxed and trusted that person much more if I knew that they knew they were caring for a living person. I obviously could read their thoughts!

While in my spirit body I remember communicating telepathically, this is how I and Jesus communicated in that heavenly garden. It was so easy, it required no effort, you thought the thoughts and they were communicated. Speaking through my physical mouth is so difficult, and frustrating, and sometimes you're misunderstood, and they get the wrong meaning of what you're trying to say. The phrase the world uses of being soul mates is referring to the communication between two souls, spirit to spirit communication. To communicate on a spiritual level is a very profound. I believe I've had this spirtual gift ever since my near death experience, and it has profoundly blesses my life as I use it. I feel this great need to communicate on a spiritual level with others, and one of the only ways I'm able to communicate in this way is through writing. I have to prepare myself mentally to be able communicate on a spiritual level. You have the time to do this as you are writing in your home, without distractions. We are what we think. I find trivial thoughts distracting, I rarely watch TV and then only if it stimulates good thoughts. I listen to different music now, and gravitate towards the ethereal. My near death experience has changed me, I desire righteousness and I abhor evil. I'm actually quite thankful for my accident, even though it has changed my physical abilities adversely, at the same time my spiritual abilities have blossomed enormously. Ever since I woke up from my coma I've had an attitude of peaceful hopefulness. I believe the reason why I still live, one of the reasons I came back to this earth to live is because I'm supposed to testify that the spirit world is real and beautiful, and that Jesus is who he says he is, he is our brother, and we knew him well as a friendly brother in the spirit world. This knowledge, this belief, affects every facet of my life, and my desire to communicate this to others is why I am here on earth now relating this experience to all who will listen.

Derry Bresee