Judy Plank’s Testimony

by Judy Plank


I have been touched by God’s grace.  An incident many years ago healed my depression.  I was in a rough patch in my life.  I was depressed and despondent to the point of thinking of ending it all.  This went on for a long time as I sank deeper into a hopeless gloom.  I was thinking of suicide when a voice came to me.  It actually sounded like some British guy saying, “Bloody poor show!  This is only a test.  There are no grades, it’s just to show you where you are in the scheme of things.  And as you know, you’re not doing very well.  Remember this is only a test.”  The message was something like that.

Thinking back, it doesn’t sound like much, but I’ve never had a depression that lasted more than about a day since then.  Besides healing, the message I got was God doesn’t judge, but suffers with us, as a parent does, only with a total love.  We are all God’s children.

Quakers don’t seem to talk much about personal experiences where they were touched by “God’s grace” as I was that day so long ago, but my experience was so real and life-changing.  It’s my answer to the question, “And what canst thou say?”


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