I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Matthew 20:14 (KJV)
He had prayed the prayer of salvation several years ago, yet it would be difficult to look at his life and surmise that he was saved. Although he had family members in town and some neighbors who visited and chatted with him, he became somewhat of a loner.
When it was obvious that his money had dwindled and his health had deteriorated, he moved out of state to live with his son and family.
Late stage renal failure, heart disease and a lung disorder left him in constant pain and contributed to making him a difficult housemate. It was quite an adjustment for all involved. They worked hard to take good care of him. He grew in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord because they lived a Godly life before him.
After passing out at the breakfast table, he was rushed to the hospital. Alone in the room with his adult son, he struggled to speak.
Signaling the nurse to take his oxygen mask off so that he could be heard, he softly said, “Not everyone really dies.” Then he clasped his hands together and wiggled his fingers as an example.“We will all come together, you, my grandchildren, and my daughter-in-law. All of us. I’m going first and then you will all come. I just wish I could have given my father what you have given me.”
He died one day later in an atmosphere of peace with his family and friends around the bed, holding his hands, touching him, singing, praying, and whispering loving words.
Thank you Lord for receiving those who believe in you—even those who come to love you late.
© Christy Struben 2012