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Gone Home...God Honors Faith And His Servants
This is a short version from story number five (out of 50) from my recently published book, My Walk with the Lord.
Psalm 116.15: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
I had a dear uncle, the Rev. Owen Rozier, who came down with cancer. Although his body was weak, his faith in the Lord was strong. Just like the verse in Amazing Grace "Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come", Uncle Owen had his share of tribulations while preaching the word for over thirty years. He and my father, the late Rev. A.J. Rozier, were close in age and close as brothers. Daddy went home to be with the Lord in 1966, and here it was in 1987.
On July 17, 1987, about 7 PM, the Lord spoke to me and said, "I'm going to take Uncle Owen home tonight. Go on over to his house." As I was driving over there, the song "I Won't Have to Cross Jordan Alone" came on the radio. It played twice. As tears filled my eyes, the Lord gave confirmation of what He had told me.
When I arrived at Uncle owen's, I noticed several other cars were there. Other people started arriving. No one had called them to come. The Lord drew them so Uncle Owen could preach his last sermon. We all gathered around his bed; I read Psalm 23. Uncle Owen called on someone to pray, and then feebly preached his last sermon..the few words he spoke was precious.
As one of his daughters sang a beautiful song, one she hadn't sung in 20 years, Uncle Owen took his last breath and went home to be with Jesus.
What was amazing about this, is several days earlier, Uncle Owen told me that he desired to preach one more service. As I prayed for him that day, I asked God to honor his request. On his deathbed, Uncle Owen preached a sweet service. God honors the faith of his servants!
Rev 14.13: "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me. Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
Irvin L. Rozier, Captain (Retired) US Army, now serving as a soldier in God's army
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