Founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, former pastor, best-selling author, and ChurchLeaders.com contributor, Randy Alcorn, announced some heartbreaking news regarding his wife Nanci on Monday.
Alcorn asked his 65,000 followers on Twitter to pray for his wife, who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2018 and found out in 2019 it had spread to her lungs, because Nanci told him that she feels her time on earth is nearing to an end.
Alcorn shared that his two daughters, Karina and Angela, along with their families (the Alcorns have five grandchildren) were gathering at the house to spend time with their mother.
“If Nanci is right that not much time remains, then this will likely be the final gathering IN THIS WORLD of our tribe of 11,” Alcorn wrote. “Thankfully, eternal life transcends the grave. This world now under the Curse is a broken world waiting and longing to be redeemed (Romans 8).”
Alcorn said that Nanci is ready to be with Jesus, but before she leaves this earth, “she wanted, and of course I concur, to speak into the lives of our kids and especially our grandkids. I would deeply appreciate your prayers for her and for this unique and I suspect unforgettable family gathering.”
Nanci’s loving husband later thanked everyone who prayed for his family during their expect final gathering with their mother, grandmother, and wife, saying, “I seriously can’t imagine any family having a more Christ-centered sendoff and short-term goodbye of a loved one then we had. It was truly all I could’ve hoped for and prayed for.”
“Nanci heard words of deep love and respect from her children and grandchildren, sons-in-law, and husband,” Alcorn shared. “She spoke to us for maybe 15 or 20 minutes. It was remarkably clear, way longer than any period of time she has spoken with clarity since she was in the hospital.”
The time was emotional and will be something the entire family never forgets. Alcorn wrote that two of their grandsons said, “they would never forget this day,” as the others expressed mutual feelings. “Nanci’s desire was to have an eternal impact on the lives of her grandsons.”
Alcorn shared how weary his wife is and that the family is asking God to take her sooner than later while they trust and thank Him for every moment she remains with them on this earth.
“Thank you, King Jesus, for answering prayer in an even more powerful way than had you answered our prayer to cure her cancer. And we believe you will soon remove the cancer whenever you choose to take her home,” Alcorn said.
Alcorn expressed these comforting and powerful words in a journal entry after their family gathered with Nanci, what is a now a “temporary goodbye” will be followed by an “eternal reunion.”