A Near-Death Experience

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"When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple." (Jonah 2:7)

It is not uncommon to hear a news report about someone having a near-death experience. I don’t question a person’s experience. I do question the true nature of that experience as some medical

researchers claim those experiences are the effects of a dying brain. I had a dear friend dying of cancer. In the hospital he wept over his situation. He told me a young black doctor came into his

room, and seeing his down cast spirit, challenged him to look to his Savior, that the Lord was with him. My friend said his spirit immediately changed, his hope was in the Lord and his transition

from this life was not an occasion for depressing sorrow. A nurse entered his room and he asked who the black doctor was that just left the room. The nurse replied, “We don’t have a black

doctor on staff in this hospital.” Who was that? Was it an angel? Was it a hallucination?

Jonah was having a near-death experience. He felt he was in his last moments of life and in that moment the Lord came to his mind and perhaps with gasping breath he prayed.

When there is no place to turn and our expectancy seem terminal with no helping hand, the Spirit within us will direct us to the Father.

In all ways and in every place hope in God.

--E.C.Malone 11/09/14

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