Singing a Man Into Heaven

Years ago I was blessed to be involved in a music ministry with two precious women. Their voices were professional. Mine was mediocre. But they needed me — I played guitar and could harmonize.

Every Thursday, the three of us went to the hospital. We rode the elevator up to the long-term floor where many people had one foot in this life and one in the next.

The nurses were expecting us and usually had a list of patients for us to visit.  I’d play my guitar and the three of us would sing.  Some pretty amazing harmony came out of us, though we never practiced.  We just wanted to bless these dear folks by singing songs to them about Jesus, and on occasion, have the privilege of ushering them into the arms of Jesus.

That’s what happened one day when we entered a room where a man with a sun-aged face lay, eyes shut, breathing heavily. His family was gathered around him and they assured us that he’d been in a coma for days and wouldn’t be able to appreciate our music. We offered to sing anyway—for them. They said they’d like that.

As we began to sing Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound that Saved a Wretch Like Me, the man in the coma opened his eyes, raised his head, and smiled a toothless grin at us. He mouthed the words as we sang, and with tears welling up in his eyes, he was with us for a good minute or two. Then he leaned back, took a deep breath, and began his life in the physical presence of His Lord.

We never forgot that day—the day we joined the angels in singing a man into heaven—the angelic choir on one side of the veil, and we on the other, with Jesus in both places. What a privilege it is to be His voice to those who need a fresh touch of His Amazing Grace.

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[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

 

 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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10 Responses to Singing a Man Into Heaven

  1. David says:

    You never cease to amaze me. Your rewards will be great in Heaven. We all should be running the race like you. Thank you

  2. Helene says:

    What a priviledge to see someone being ushered into HIS presence and minister to loved ones at the same time. I shed some tears sitting here in Germany now and picturing the scene in the hospital. Thank you for sharing .

  3. Florence says:

    What a beautiful and blessed story! When my own mother was passing and in a coma, I sang to her for days. Always the songs were about going to be with the Lord. One day earlier when they had started hospice, I came to her room and the nurse was frantically trying to find a CD player and some listening music, saying she thought she heard her trying to sing and thought the music would soothe her. I said, “I know what she wants to hear.” I held her hand, got down close to her and started singing the songs I knew she loved–all about being with the Lord some day. She became peaceful then.

  4. JoAnne says:

    Kathleen, what a ministry…to the person entering heaven, and to the family who will be able to cherish those moments. The Word of God, and the message of His Saving Grace is real, and clearly comes alive to those about to see Him! When my mother was in her last days, and heavily sedated, she was able to repeat the entire 23d Psalm in a whispered voice after I started to read it to her….Those were the only words she said during those days. It will always be a blessing to have heard those sweet scriptures come from her tongue, knowing that it was a gift from the Lord. Thank you so much for sharing this ministry with us, it has touched many of our hearts this morning.

  5. Liana says:

    How absolutely precious. Tears. I had Psalm 23 on overdrive when Mum left us. How beautiful for them if Jesus is a part of the love they hear before passing, instead of a tv blaring which is so often the case in a hospital room, or silence with no love. God bless you dear friend.

    • Kathleen says:

      Unfortunately, there are too many who don’t know what to do or say at such a most important time. Besides singing, there is reading Scripture and praying aloud, even reciting the Lord’s prayer, or a prayer in which your loved one can receive Jesus…just in time.

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