‘Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead.’ (2 Timothy 2:8)
I recently read a wonderful account of a pastor who had just visited an elderly lady in hospital, called Charlotte.
A nurse called and said that Charlotte had asked for him to return, as it was time for her to die.
“She told me to tell you not to hurry; she’ll wait until you get here.”
When the pastor returned, Charlotte said, “Tell me the story one more time.”
He spoke of how a gracious God had created a good world, and how humanity had spoiled that world through selfishness and sin.
He recalled how God had then entered his world in the person of Jesus, who laid down his life to redeem all who would trust in him. But on the third day he rose, promising new life to his people.
Charlotte’s eyes filled with tears. “It’s true,” she said. “I know it’s true.”
A few moments later she simply said, “It’s time. It’s going to be okay.” She then closed her eyes and began repeating the words, “Thank you, thank you, thank you”. By the third “thank you”, Charlotte had fallen asleep.
The fourth was spoken directly to her Saviour.