My brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago. Up to that time and since then I had no opportunity to share the good news of Christ with him, especially since he was not open to hearing anything about my faith in God.
At the end of July of this year he was told he had 2 months to live. By the way, due to reasons beyond my control, I would not be able to attend his funeral if he passed away.
On Tuesday of this past week, I was preparing some food to eat and God told me to write him a letter. He had never learned to read, but knowing that my sister could read it to him, I started to write.
It contained the Gospel message in the simplest form. I talked about God, sin, Christ’s work and eternal life, and I included a simple prayer at the end and said something like “If you want to live forever with Christ, say this simple prayer.”
I also wrote, “I pray that you will experience the tangible presence of God. He loves you!”
There was such an urgency to share it. “God, I can’t let this man die,” I remember praying as I wrote the letter.
I dropped it off the next afternoon. That was Wednesday. Since his health seemed to be deteriorating, they admitted him into the hospice on Thursday, and on Friday he passed away.
Frankly, there are a lot of unknowns going through my head right now. Had my sister been able to read the letter to him? If so, did he pray the prayer to accept Christ that I included at the end?
I have not spoken with my sister yet about it, but I do know this: first, I was obedient to do what God asked me to do, second, the urgency I felt suggests to me that God wanted to use me to bring God’s good news of salvation to my brother-in-law and third, when I got the call that he had passed, there was a peace, and a sense that all was well!