Matthew 18:19-20 NIV
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Thank you to all of you who were praying for the family and I as we were at my husband's aunts funeral. It was a very sad time that had an amazing, unexpected twist that could only be from God.
Sometimes we pray and pray and we see no results for years and then all of a sudden God answers prayer and we are left totally amazed and in awe. My husband and I have been praying for his family for about 15 years now and just recently, 3 years ago, we joined a prayer group that prays for the unsaved. So, there has been a lot of prayer going into his family with ZERO results and only hardened hearts towards anything about Jesus.
Well, we had a 10 hr drive and arrived on Friday night late, so we really didn't have much of a chance to help with the preparations for Saturday's funeral but Harold's brother B helped with most of the arrangements. Uncle J is not religious and really had no preference to who gave the funeral service so Harold's brother B took charge and since no one in the family cared, he decided to go with our faith and got an evangelical preacher to give the service.
Saturday, before the funeral service, my husband had a chance to speak with the preacher and tell him the family does not have a belief in Jesus and asked him if he could give a salvation message. The preacher said it was not custom to present the Gospel to unbelievers at a funeral BUT the Lord had given him a salvation message to share and he was like, 'really Father? They are not believers and this isn't the way it should be done.' Still, the Lord pressed very heavy on his heart to preach salvation and all the Scripture verses he received were ones that you share with the lost. He wrote them down but he really didn't have any intention of bringing on a full force salvation message until he spoke to my husband. :) My husband was so thrilled and encouraged to hear that God prepared the pastor and he told him to bring it on and hold nothing back. He said I will take full responsibility for any lash back you receive but the pastor said no I will stand with you on this. :))
The pastor gave a beautiful service, honouring Aunty O and beseeching the listeners to give their lives to Jesus. You could have heard a pin drop while he preached. It was beautiful!! The pastor was so anointed, not offensive and his words were filled with the Spirit of God! That whole family sat in silence as this man of God told them if they didn't receive Jesus as their Savior they will be lost in hell forever.
To add to the whole beautiful service, the pastor joined us for lunch and he had a chance to talk to Uncle J and made a promise to meet up with him in the near future to spend time ministering to him. He also made an effort to make an appointment meet up with my husband's father to talk and share why my father in law hates the church. It was sweet!! This also opened up for my family and I to buy a Bible for Uncle J and we were able to present it to him and spend a bit of time praying with him. He is so hurt and lost that his heart is very ready to hear what Father had given us to tell him. God is so good!!
Seeds folks!! Seeds were planted!
Thank you for praying! I know that your prayers helped in all of this to happen at this time of sorrow and sadness. We now have more hope than we did before and an open door to discuss the funeral message of salvation with the family members as the opportunities arise. :)
Romans 12:12 NIV
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Blessings in Jesus,