For years, the number 22 haunted Ellen Gillette, whose youngest son, Adam, died on August 22, 2000. Whenever Ellen saw the number 22—whether it was on a restaurant bill or a sports jersey—she relived her son’s fatal car accident.
Until one evening, Ellen opened her Bible and something incredible happened. The words blurred and the numbers came into sharp focus. Chapter 22, verse 22… there were 22s everywhere. This time, the number didn’t scare Ellen. As she flipped through 22 after 22, verse after comforting verse eased her pain—a story Ellen told in the February/March 2017 issue of Mysterious Ways magazine.
Click through our slideshow below to read some of Ellen’s favorite “22” Bible verses:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Why are You so far from helping Me,
And from the words of My groaning?
O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear;
And in the night season, and am not silent.
But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel.
Our fathers trusted in You;
They trusted, and You delivered them.”
“Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore’”
“God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
2 Samuel 22:5-7
The waves of death swirled about me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
“In my distress I called to the Lord;
I called out to my God.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came to his ears.
“ ‘You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.’”
“The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
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