My friend Eileen passed away recently from Glioblastoma–brain cancer. During her final months she went to live with her sister in a distant city.
I kept in touch with Eileen by phone, but in her last weeks she could no longer talk. However, she would listen and she understood when others spoke. The last time I called her she was suddenly able to respond with appropriate short comments!
I asked her if she was in pain and she said, “No.” I shared with her some good news from home and she clearly replied, “Oh really!” I asked if she would like me to read to her from the Bible. She said, “Yes, please.”
I read to her from Psalm 34 and she listened quietly. Every now and then she would respond in agreement by saying, “Oh yes.”
I asked if she would like me to pray for her. She said, “Yes.” I prayed that God would continue to keep her pain-free. I asked God to heal her if this was His will. I prayed that God would fill her with His Holy Spirit, with His love, His Joy and His peace. I prayed that even if she could not speak aloud, that she would repeat the name Jesus in her thoughts, because there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
According to her sister, Eileen never spoke another intelligible word after our phone conversation.
Today I’m praising God that I know where Eileen is. She is in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and is now experiencing joy beyond measure.
- Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
- My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22
- O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. Psalm 30:2
- SONG: These Inward Trials (Lyrics by John Newton circa 1779) Updated, arranged and sung by Kathleen.
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity