"On Sunday, while she was still there (at the hospital), she seemed to be taking a "turn for the worse." That day will always be in our memories! She saw her entire immediate family. She was very slow and deliberate in her speech, but spoke on and on about how she loved us, was pleased with us, and that we were to live for God and then go and love others. It was quite a remarkable day."
My mother-in-law was just radiating love and grace in a way which I never experienced from her. My wife would say the same. Her countenance was different. Her tone of voice was different. In a sense, she glowed God, or should I say, God glowed through her. She told the nurse practitioner and us that she would die that evening or the next day. She died the next day. As my wife said, what a beautiful memory.
My sister-in-law called it "dying grace." I have not heard that term often, so I decided to look it up. Dying grace refers to the last moments, sometimes days, in which God provides many blessings for the adjusted believer. I define an adjusted believer who has two things: 1) a firm faith in the Scriptures, the Word of God; and 2) a knowledge that they are approaching death. They may have had some time to prepare for death, not always. Thus, they experience a clear conscience, inner peace, and inner happiness. There is a complete absence of fear, because they are awaiting to be with Jesus.
My mother-in-law was calm and at peace. What a way to die! What grace God provided!
Someone asked the famous evangelist Dwight Moody, "Do you have dying grace?" He replied, "No, I don't. I'm not dying yet." When it did come time to die, he said, "“I see earth receding; Heaven is approaching. God is calling me. This is my triumph. This is my coronation day. It is glorious. God is calling and I must go.”
Dying grace. What a gift of God!
Notice, it is grace. It is a gift. You can't earn it. It is a gift God gives to those he chooses.
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