An Escort to Heaven

Garrett after the accidentAfter the accident that took Jake’s life, his older brother, Garrett, spent five days in Children’s Hospital recuperating from his injuries. He suffered multiple lacerations to his legs and a hairline fracture to his jaw. I fed him juices with a baby eyedropper because his jaw was so swollen he couldn’t get his mouth around a straw. Garrett was brave. Not once did he complain. He refused pain medication and I never saw him cry.

  









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10 Responses to An Escort to Heaven

  1. Lea Conley June 24, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    Oh my gosh!!…This has touched my heart, and as I sit here with tears in my eyes, it has given me hope. If the church could experience what Garrett has, I don’t think any of us would stress over this life. To be given a lifetime supply of peace and assurance is what we all desire. I forgot about the experience I had, but this has brought it back to me. I cannot relate to losing a child, but today is my grandmothers birthday and she has been gone since 1982. I still miss her.

  2. Shelley June 24, 2009 at 10:35 am #

    I’m so blown away and fascinated by Garrett’s trip to heaven. It must have been so peaceful for Jake to get to take this trip with his brother. Garrett is such a blessing and watching him grow up is a privilege. I can’t wait to see what God has for him as he becomes a man.

  3. Grace Clawson June 24, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Your story about Garrett escorted his brother Jake to heaven was very awe inspiring and touching.That explains the peace that he has in his countenance.

  4. Barbara June 24, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    What a beautiful story! It never ceases to amaze me how God gives beauty and peace in the midst of tradgedy. And how better demonstrated than through the eyes and voice of a child
    How precious! And how wonderful that God sent John in your life for such a time as that; that he was there for you to lean on.
    Thank you for being willing to share your story in these last 2 articles. We will all go through times like that in our life; different details, but just as painful. And it’s so comforting to know that God means what He says that “He will never leave or forsake us” and that “though we pass through the rivers they will not sweep over us, and when we walk through the fire we will not be burned, for I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior” Isa. 43:2
    He allowed Garrett to escort Jake to heaven because “he is
    precious and honored in His sight, and because He loves
    him” Isa. 43:4

  5. Jacquelyn Dill June 24, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    What a beautiful story. Your blog means so much to me. Thank you for sharing Garrett’s experience with us. It truly touched my heart.

  6. Marta Ruffin June 24, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I just never tire of your testimonies & messages Christy. I remember you sharing this one with me when we worked together. I was blown away by it back then, and even now, my heart raced while I read it like I had never heard it before. There was such an anointing on the apostle Paul, so, I can’t wait to see where God’s anointing on Garrett is going to take him!!!!! We could use some more 20th century Pauls’.

    God’s love & blessings on you girlfriend!!

    Marta

  7. Patricia Salmon June 26, 2009 at 8:58 am #

    Christy, I too have lost a child. He had just turned 11 years old. He was diagnosed as a toddler with an enlarged heart. When he was 6 he had a heart transplant. After we got home from his heart transplant, he was a new child. He would go and speak to large groups of people about his experience. He did radio commercials and was on the news supporting organ donation. When he went to heaven, his classmates sent me letters about him. One even told about how he during his transplant surgery he went up to heaven and talked with God. It is a real comfort to know that he had a knowledge about God that I didn’t know about. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. Carol Mills July 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    Christy,

    What a precious story and beautiful reminder of God’s goodness, especially in the midst of tragedy. His personal concern for Garrett and love for your family is obvious through your story. May it always encourage you as you continue to write and bring so much life and liberty to your readers. God bless!!

  9. mercades martinez April 29, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    WELL…U just talked 2 my junior class in the PAC less than 30 minutes okay.. lol(laugh out loud) .. and I ran to a computer trying not to forget the website, your testimony is absolutely amazing. I read both this one, and the one about the funeral denying Jake and Im basically combining this comment for both. you touched my heart, and something funny is i just learned about the 3rd heaven earlier in April..haha… but may God bless you and your family.. thanks.

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