|~Michael and Lisa--last photo together~|
My son Michael--just past two years of age--gave me a startling pronouncement before he died...that has been a constant source of soul-support for me.
Merriam-Webster dictionary states that a "pronouncement" is "an authoritative announcement." That is exactly how it sounded when Michael suddenly started to tell me...
~~"Going HOME to be with Jesus!"~~
The first time he said it was approximately two weeks before the accident happened. And only when we were in our automobile... would he ever say it.
The first time it was said, Michael was hesitant on the word ordering--sounding as if he was almost being prompted (his Guardian Angel maybe?).
"Going HOME" he said...then "Be with Jesus!" and then finally "the whole enchilada"-- "Going Home to be with Jesus!" I remember he had an unusual, almost wry, kind of smile. As if he were suddenly very pleased with himself, thank you!
I remember wondering just what was going on. And wondering where he had come up with that statement-- because I was certain no one had ever told him anything like that. I was with Michael full time, 24/7 as I wasn't employed, and we had no relatives living near us.
Michael "proclaimed" his statement several times, and only when I was present to hear it. Once, my husband was driving and Michael made the announcement. I recall telling Tim, "See, he's saying it again!" And Tim grabbing the steering wheel with both hands, pretending to avoid a collision and saying "Death and destruction!" and asking me "Does it make you afraid, like we're gonna die in a wreck or something?" I remember thinking that was NOT very funny...
What Michael said has been a tremendous help to me over the years, and something a deacon once told me "should be shared." And so I began telling everyone I thought, perhaps might benefit from hearing what Michael said.
Over the years I realized...that Michael had never prefaced what he said with "We" as in "We're" going HOME to be with Jesus. Or saying "Me and Leesee (Lisa) and Daddy..." That was left out. The reason for that, I believe, is because of the universality of his message...ALL of us are... "Going HOME...to be with Jesus!"
"And said unto him, Do you hear what these say? And Jesus said unto them, Yea; have you never read, Out of the mouth of babes and infants you have perfected praise?"
(King James 2000)