This Is My Story: Nathan Lucius

“Your child may not survive.”

Those are the words that I heard on August 25, 2005 as my wife and I sat in a hospital room at Columbus Children’s Hospital.  I had always thought these things only happened to other people, suddenly I realized that Brenda and I were “the other people.”

Our oldest daughter Kayla was born November 8, 1999.  From the moment I saw her, I loved her.  She was our only child for 6 years so as you can imagine we spoiled her rotten.  Kayla’s first day of kindergarten was August 23rd of 2005.  After school, we had an eye appointment for Kayla because her eyes were not aligned.  We could have never expected what would happen next.

When the doctor looked at her, he suggested we have an MRI performed just to make sure there was nothing wrong.  Shortly after returning home from the hospital, we received a call from the doctor telling us that Kayla had a mass of some type and we need to see a neurosurgeon.

Two days later we found ourselves in a room in the neurological ward of Columbus Children’s Hospital hearing the words: “Your child may not survive.”

Brenda and I were devastated.  What do we do?  Why is this happening?  How can a five year old only have a ten percent chance of living one more year?  We arrived at that hospital with only the clothes on our back and Brenda’s Bible.  Little did we know we would spend the next 8 days there.   One day Brenda and I went across the street to the Ronald McDonald House to freshen up. As she was in the shower I knelt beside the bed, opened the nightstand, took out the Gideon’s Bible, opened to a random page and began reading.  This is what I read

“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  And his disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’  Jesus answered, ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”1  All I could think was that God was going to show His glory through this illness.

I had grown up going to church and knew the “church stuff.”  I knew that Jesus died on a cross because of sinners, but it never meant much to me.  I knew about heaven and hell, but I was not too worried about either, after all we all go to

heaven unless we do something really bad, right?

After being told that my daughter will die from cancer, I suddenly had a “need to know.”  I needed to know what happens when someone dies.  I needed to know if I would ever see my daughter again.  I read almost the entire book of Psalms looking for answers. I needed to know if God was in any of this or if we were on our own.  I had never read much of the Bible before, so you can imagine my joy when I found all of these answers and so many more in the pages of the Bible.

This is what I found:
1. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”2  Since it says all have sinned, this includes my daughter Kayla, it includes me, and, friend, it includes you too.

2. “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”3  Every time we sin, we are earning death, which is eternal separation from God in hell, but God offers us the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus.

So at this point I needed to know, how do I receive this free gift?

3. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”4

The Bible tells us that “It is appointed for man to die once and
after that comes the judgment.”5  God has appointed a day that each of us will die and stand in front of Him in judgment for our sin.  This became painfully true to me on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 10:05 in the morning.  That is when my ten year old daughter Kayla died of brain cancer and went immediately to stand in judgment before God.  Words cannot describe the pain of losing a child… but words can not describe the joy of knowing that she is in heaven and that I will see her again.  Kayla trusted in the death of Jesus Christ as the payment of her sin, and she loved God dearly.

Kayla was prepared for her appointment with God.  Are you prepared for yours?  If not, please reread the three points above, and notice that we are all sinners from birth and are deserving of hell because of our sin, but God offered His own Son as the payment for our sin.  If you will trust in Jesus’ death as the payment for your sin, you too will be saved.

All Scripture is English Standard Version
1. John 9:1-3
2. Romans 3:23
3. Romans 6:23
4. Romans 10:9-10
5. Hebrews 9:27

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