April 12, 2013

The day Mom passed away we were all at the house on Eaton Street (Dad, Nancy, Lauren, Davis, Michelle, Nicole, Steve, and myself). Mom’s breathing had been very strained and heavy all-day long. She hadn’t spoken for two days, and she was not in a conscious state. We were all gathered in the den. Much of the furniture had been moved out, and things were rearranged to make room for the hospital-type bed they delivered and placed in the den to try and give her a little more comfort while she slept. We knew her time with us was short. We held hands and prayed that she would be able to experience relief from the pain of cancer that had spread throughout her body. After we prayed, we sang a hymn. As soon as we finished singing, Mom’s heavy breathing stopped, and she started to breathe normally again. I noticed that her breathing had changed, and I said, “Listen, Mom’s breathing has gotten quieter! It’s gone back to normal.” A sense of calm, quiet, and peacefulness came over the room. Then Mom, who had not spoken for two days (and who was still unconscious) exclaimed, ‘HALLELUJAH!”


We couldn’t believe it. “Did you hear what Mom just said? She said Hallelujah!” Dad and I went over to her bed. I sat on one side, and Dad sat on the other. I put my hand on her forearm, and Dad held Mom’s hand. She continued to breathe normally, and then after just a couple of minutes, with her eyes still closed, she exclaimed very clearly and deliberately........“FOUR ANGELS!"......Wow! I knew right then and there she had just experienced the supernatural presence of the Heavenly Father! How I wish I could’ve seen what she had just seen!


Those were the last words Mom ever spoke. Immediately after that, she stopped breathing altogether, and we all knew she had just entered into the glory of God’s presence! I will never forget that feeling. I had goose bumps all over. I was able to experience Mom being taking to heaven, and being escorted by the heavenly hosts. Yes, Hallelujah! What a powerful moment! It’s something I will remember for the rest of my life.


Mom, I miss you, and can’t wait to see you again. You are free from cancer now, and all the pain and suffering is gone. What a help, inspiration, and blessing you were to me throughout my life. And even in your passing, your last few words left a lasting impression on me. I have an eternal hope……Hallelujah indeed!