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My husband John was diagnosed with cancer in April 1998. Ten months later, after a painful struggle and many up’s and down’s he passed away at home on February 18th surrounded by his loving family. John was a prominent physician and had a strong conviction in his faith. From the time he was diagnosed until he died, he never questioned his faith, but embraced it and looked forward to his next journey. The morning of John’s death, as he took his last breath, his brother Pat said, “Fall into his arms” as I whispered “I love you.” With that he left this earth. As we waited for the funeral home to pick up his body, we went into the living room and I prayed that God would give us a sign that John was okay. My daughter reached for the spiritual
calendar and changed the date to the 18th. The reading was “I have fought the good fight and I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7) I thanked God for the sign. Later that day, the priest came to our home to plan the readings for the funeral. Of course, the above reading was #1. My stepdaughter asked if she could do the second reading. She chose a passage from the Bible John 14:2. “My father has a place with many rooms, if that were not true, would I have told you that I am preparing a place for you?” After the funeral, at the reception, the priest handed me a small picture frame with the second reading in it. He explained to me that in his haste to come to our home after John died, he forgot to change the date to the 18th on his spiritual calendar and when he returned home and changed the date it read “My father has a house with many rooms. I stood there and wept knowing these readings came to us through God to let us know that John was on to the next journey.

Mary Brady

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