Lauren Alaina is an American Idol runner-up who just released her second album this year.
She recently shared with her Instagram followers the powerful moment she witnessed her stepfather pass away, and she and her family witnessed his encounter with Jesus as he passed to the other side.
“My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning,” Alaina shared on her post on Oct. 21. “He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully.”
A heartbreaking moment for Alaina and her family turned out to be more moving and inspiring than they could ever realize.
“His last few hours were some of the most amazing moments I know I will ever have the privilege of witnessing,” she continued “He opened his eyes last night. They shined the brightest I’ve ever seen anyone’s eyes shine, and he said, ‘Jesus.’ We said, ‘What do you see Sam?’ He said, ‘It’s so beautiful.’”
“Mom asked him who he saw and he told her a bunch of people, including his mama. He later said, ‘I love you all. I found it.’ My mom asked him what he found and he said, ‘Heaven. I’ve got to go.’ An hour later he went to be with the Lord.”
Alaina said she was inspired to share this moment to “be an example of how real God is.”
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My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning. He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully. His last few hours were some of the most amazing moments I know I will ever have the privilege of witnessing. He opened his eyes last night. They shined the brightest I’ve ever seen anyone’s eyes shine, and he said, “Jesus.” We said, “What do you see Sam?” He said, “It’s so beautiful.” Mom asked him who he saw and he told her a bunch of people, including his mama. He later said, “I love you all. I found it.” My mom asked him what he found and he said, “Heaven. I’ve got to go.” An hour later he went to be with the Lord. I want this story to be an example of how real God is. We are only here for a short amount of time, and we have to live like there is no tomorrow. I want us to all be a little more like Sam. He was strong. He was the most compassionate person in the world. He would go without to help a stranger. He was a great dad. Now he is with the best Father in the universe. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family in this time. We appreciate the love, donations, and prayers that we have received.
“We are only here for a short amount of time,” she explained. “And we have to live like there is no tomorrow.”
“I want us to all be a little more like Sam,” Alaina added. “He was strong. He was the most compassionate person in the world. He would go without to help a stranger. He was a great dad. Now he is with the best Father in the universe. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family in this time. We appreciate the love, donations, and prayers that we have received.”
Her followers responded overwhelmingly, with some sharing their own experiences of witnessing family members meet Jesus.
“My husband was laying in a hospital bed in our home. He was on morphine and hadn’t been responding to us. I heard voices. I went into his room where he lay and he was looking straight up and had both hands raised up high and I know he was talking to Jesus,” one user shared. “The next day he went to meet Him. That was my final assurance on his love for God. I think God came to him that night. It’s been almost 3 yrs now and I cry everyday for him but I have no doubt that when the Lord comes back my precious husband will meet Him in the air.”
“I want to share my Dads experience as well,” another shared. “He left this world Feb 9, 2018. He was diagnosed Sept 2017 with GBM4. When the initial tumor was removed he said during the surgery God took him to where there were many mansions. He asked the Lord was He taking him home? The Lord answered ‘Not yet. You still have work to do’. So my Dad came out of a major brain surgery where the tumor was the size of a mans hand.”
“Telling his story,” the same user continued, “he had a sermon to preach to all of us. See, he was our churches Pastor as well. Even though the doctors gave him 3-6 months to live, he knew that only God knew when He would be back for him. He left us peacefully and content in knowing he did His work. Bless you and your family during this sad but celebratory time.”
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