I was just told that my uncle was given 24 hrs. to live last night. :( My mom & dad flew there just a couple months ago and most of his family was there (his 5 sisters and his 2 daughters and their husbands). He has cancer, which has spread quickly, and he's had a hard time eating/drinking. His 3 yr. old granddaughter was there and her mom is pregnant again, so he wanted to try to live to see the new baby. But he just isn't eating and he's too weak for the hospital to put him on iv's. It's sad to lose him, but there's good news too. When my parents were there visiting, my dad had the opportunity to talk to him about Jesus. He grew up in a Christian home, but he really didn't know Him as his personal savior and wasn't sure he'd go to heaven. My dad prayed with him and he asked the Lord into his heart. I just found out about that too. Please pray for those family & friends who will miss him.
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He passed away yesterday morning (prolly before I even wrote this initial post). I know that he must be so happy to meet the Lord. It's those that are left behind that wish they had the rest of their life to enjoy him. The fact is that none of us know when it's our time to go. I work as a church secretary and we get a lot of people who come in or call needing food, clothing, help with housing etc. and our pastor gave this young couple a night's stay in a motel last week, and then he went and purchased a chicken basket and took it to them. He noticed a Bible on the bed and so he asked them about it. The lady said, "Oh, when I'm struggling with life and really needing help, I tend to turn to the Scriptures". Pastor asked her if she knew she was going to heaven and her answer was I'm sure very common..."Well, we are pretty good people and try to do the right thing most of the time, so I'm pretty sure we're going there." So, the pastor sat down and talked with the couple and showed them some verses and their eyes were opened and he prayed with them and they both accepted Jesus in their hearts right then and there. The Lord has a way of putting us in situations that give us the opportunity to share Christ with others...but we have to be willing and be looking for those opportunities. Is this turning into a sermon? lol. I don't mean for it to. I just wanted to share what's on my heart. Have a super day.