-John 20:28 -29
Late in 1992 my father lay in the hospital, dying of cancer. One day as my wife and I drove to the hospital to visit him, I was extremely emotional. My father's illness had affected me deeply.
Entering his ward and seeing him lying there with all the tubes protruding from his body, I began to sob uncontrollably. My wife, mother, and sister tried to comfort me, to no avail. I left the room and sat alone for a while, praying to God to give me peace. I had not prayed in quite a while, but all of a sudden I felt absolute calm come over me. I stopped crying and went back to my father's room. I thanked him for everything he had done for the family and me, and I told him I loved him. I left my father not knowing this was the last time I would see him alive. As I walked out, I started crying again. Was that tranquil moment in between just a coincidence? No. God gave me peace to make that last moment with my father joyous.
This was to be the start of my journey with God. In March, 1993, I gave my life to God, and through faith my life has changed forever.
Shaun McHardy (South Africa)