The Night My Father Died

by | Dec 13, 2020

My mother passed away twelve years ago on Christmas Eve. She was totally at peace and eager to see her Savior face-to-face.

Not so my father. He was terrified as death approached.

In the last hours of his life, when he was told that death was just minutes away, he was painfully aware of his many sins.

Although I had shared the gospel with him many times over the years, he had yet to trust in Christ and therefore felt no assurance of what would meet him when he left this world.

Little did he know that in the last hour of his life–literally, the last hour!–a promise made two thousand years ago would be fulfilled in his life:

“Glory to God on high and on earth peace, good will among men!”

For the rest of the story, please watch this 18-minute video of a message I gave in our church on a recent  Christmas Eve.

If you prefer, you can listen to an audio recording of this message.


Never underestimate how God can work through your relationships to display his glory and draw people into his kingdom, even minutes before they die.

“Glory to God on high and on earth peace, good will among men!”

~Ken Sande

Reflection Questions:

  • How does the quality of our personal relationships impact our testimony about the reality of God and the power of the gospel? (see John 17:20-23; Acts 2:42-47; John 13:34-35)
  • When non-Christians observe your relationships, what evidence are they seeing of God’s transforming work in your life? (see 2 Cor. 3:18; Gal. 5:22-23)
  • What could you do differently in the days ahead that would display the glory of God’s saving and transforming power in your life?

Permission to distribute: Please feel free to download, print, or electronically share this message in its entirety for non-commercial purposes with as many people as you like.

© 2020 Ken Sande

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