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“Pastor, Benjamin has passed into eternity.”
Lesley wept. Supernatural peace intermingled with her deep grief. The husband of her youth was gone. He had lost his battle with both cancer and covid.
She shared with us her sorrow, but also her joy. “Pastor, there were so many times I wanted to give up on him. He made life so difficult for me, for so long. But every time I wanted to leave, you encouraged me to keep on loving him, to keep on praying for him, to never stop. So I would keep on pressing on … one day at a time.”
Benjamin had a drinking problem for years. In spite of this, Lesley received a specific call from God to stay with him. He instructed her to pray fervently for his salvation. In fast after fast and prayer vigil after prayer vigil, she remained faithful to this call. She continued to love him through his terrible, unlovable behavior. Year after year, she persevered in prayer and in faith. For twenty long years, she refused to give up hope for his redemption.
The incense bowls of heaven were completely full of Lesley’s prayers. That final prayer ascended from her lips, and the answer finally came (Rev. 8:3). An old man now, Benjamin surrendered his life to Jesus at last. In the final chapter of his life, God gave him a new heart. He quit drinking completely. He became a loving husband to Lesley. He even became an eager learner of everything that she could teach him from the Bible.
With tears in her eyes, Lesley remembered the new creation that Benjamin had become. “I am inexpressibly glad that you kept encouraging me not to give up!” she exclaimed. “I know he is in heaven now. I know that my love, patience, and sacrificial obedience is the reason for that. My heart is so deeply glad that I obeyed the Lord. Benjamin’s eternal life is well worth everything that I endured!”
Lesley herself also contracted covid on top of grieving the loss of her husband. She was soon on oxygen. She shares: “While sedated, I saw a vision of that oil you gave me. When I woke up, I asked my daughter Anita to anoint me with it. I knew that oil was extra special… you all prayed over it. I even drank a little bit of it. Anita anointed me with it, all over my body. As soon as she did, my breathing opened up supernaturally. I could feel new strength coming into my whole being.”
Lesley is now completely well. Her life has become a living testimony that we “should always pray and never give up” (Luke 18:1).