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My friend heard God speak to him this week
Mary in 2002, with Richard in the background
Mary died on Tuesday. She was 73. She and Richard would have been married for 28 years at the end of May. Richard had a very difficult childhood and was taken away from his father to work on a farm. Both of them had hard lives and struggled in many ways but came to know the Lord with a simple faith.
Mary has been in a nursing home for several years and towards the end was suffering terribly. Richard had been praying that God would take her home.
Things came to a head on Tuesday evening and it was so distressing for Richard that the nurses suggested he left the room, so he went to get a cup of coffee. Half way across the street God spoke to Richard. He just said, “Don’t worry. I have answered your prayer! I have taken Mary home.”
Richard immediately turned around and went back to the building. A nurse met him and said, “They want you up on the third floor right now!”. Mary had indeed been “taken home”.
He keeps talking about the look on Mary’s face. Her eyes were fixed wide open in awe and amazement and she was smiling. Moments before she died she must have had a glimpse of the one she was going to be with. But what he talks about most was that a light was actually shining from her face and body as if it were lit up from the inside.
(I asked Richard if he minded me sharing these facts and he said, “Oh no! It’s a testimony!”)
I was wondering what a cessationist would make of these events.
Mary about to serve turkey
Here are some thoughts:
As a footnote, this is not the first time that Richard and Mary have experienced the supernatural. Around ten years ago, when Mary was living at home, our Bible-study group decided to have a turkey thanksgiving dinner together. Everyone was responsible for part of the meal and Mary insisted in providing the turkey.
Another example of her hospitality (Richard and Mary on the left)
Dear Mary had been given a tiny turkey big enough to feed the two of them and was generously willing to share it with 25 hungry people. She was just overjoyed at being able to show love to everyone by cooking for them.
But when it came to the meal we couldn’t believe what happened. Everyone had a big plateful of meat and there was lots left over. God had honoured her simple love and faith and not allowed her to be ashamed.