Former pastor and well-known Christian author Randy Alcorn announced this week his wife Nanci is nearing the end of her years-long battle against cancer.
In the fall of 2019, just months before the COVID-19 pandemic began, the “Heaven” author announced his he and his wife learned Nanci’s cancer had spread into her lungs. That heartbreaking news came a little more than a year after she was diagnosed with colon cancer in the spring of 2018.
Alcorn, 67, revealed Monday his wife explained to him Saturday she felt her time on earth was drawing to a close. With that in mind, all 11 members of the Alcorn family gathered around her hospital bed in their house.
On Tuesday afternoon, Alcorn thanked all those who took time to pray for him, Nanci, and their family.
“Honestly, I can’t imagine any family having a more Christ–centered sendoff and short-term goodbye of a loved one than we had yesterday,” the famed author wrote in a blog post. “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.”
They spoke for about 20 minutes, Alcorn recalled.
“It was Christ-centered and remarkably clear, way longer than any period of time in which she has spoken with clarity since she was in the hospital,” he added. “I then read powerful segments from her handwritten journals. She was utterly exhausted. So were our daughters, and I felt depleted beyond words.”
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Alcorn explained some family members were awake early in the morning and began speaking with Nanci around 8:30 a.m. and that the whole family gathered in their bedroom around 11 a.m. and finished at 8:30 p.m.
“Nanci slept a fair amount of the time after our morning gathering and, at the end, when it was time to pray over her, she was still asleep,” he wrote. “But we all laid hands on her and each member of the family prayed, very different and beautiful prayers.”
“The beautiful thing was that all of them had earlier — either in the group of 11 of us, or one-by-one coming in to talk to her during the day — crowded into our bedroom and personally shared their love for their Grams and a temporary goodbye followed by eternal reunion,” he added.
Alcorn described the entire day as “an emotional and meaningful and truly unforgettable time.”
You can read the rest of his post here. Please continue to pray for the Alcorns.
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