by Joel Comiskey
When I shared one week ago that my dad received Jesus, Timothy Wright commented:
“So pleased to hear your great news. I wished it ended all this way. I have prayed for my family almost every day for my entire family since I became a Christian 29 years ago. Not one has become a Christian and my Father is in Hell and denied Jesus up till his last breath. Jesus was so good to continue to give my dad the opportunity to come to him.”
I responded to Timothy’s comment, saying, “Timothy, thanks for your honest sharing. The fact is that many do go to hell. In reality, I was ready for my dad to resist right up to the grave because he had so consistently resisted our past witnessing to him. I even subconsciously thought about how I would prepare my kids for my dad’s death without Christ. My kids had just returned from a Panama mission trip in which they prayed for a deaf team member who they “thought” God ha “promised” to heal (a word picture). My daughter’s faith was tested when God didn’t heal him. With regard to my dad, by God’s sovereign grace–which our minds can’t truly grasp–God broke through in a miraculous way, as you can tell by my diary entry and his testimony to others [this was a synthesis of what I shared with Timothy].
I was excited when Iain, reading about my dad’s salvation, wrote, “Thanks for the encouragement. I will not give up on my parentsâ€¦.” And this is my hope for those hearing about my dad’s salvation.
I also want to thank those who persistently prayed for my dad. Angela Munizzi writes: “Joel, David and I rejoice to hear this great, great news! We had placed your Dadâ€™s name in our prayer journal and it is so encouraging to hear this great testimony!”