My brother, Allan Duncan Stewart was a very special person. He made giving generously to charity a priority in both his life and his death. Allan is probably the most courageous man I have ever known.
He struggled with a chronic progressive disease known as myotonic dystrophy. Allan also had to live most of his life with a severe visual impairment. He had been declared legally blind.
Although Allan was by nature a quiet reserved man, he was very appreciative of the visitors he received while residing in St. Boniface Hospital, Concordia Hospital and Deer Lodge Centre.
My brother Neil, my wife Martha, Allan’s wife Cora and my goddaughter Shandy all visited Allan at these medical facilities.
Up until his last week on earth Allan’s oral communication was very good. Allan enjoyed a lively conversation and especially liked to talk about sports. He was an ardent fan of both the Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. While he was at Deer Lodge Centre Allan liked to watch all the games on television.
Hello and welcome family and friends of Allan Stewart. Allan is enjoying a great day today. He just moved from Earth to heaven on August 16, 2017. If you want to think of it another way, Allan is just on vacation. I will explain what I mean in detail later.
Allan had a chronic progressive illness called myotonic dystrophy. Although Alan was probably already symptomatic in his early twenties, he didn’t become critically ill until two years ago. During this time of crisis his wife Cora, brother Neil, myself and Allan’s sister-in-law, Martha Stewart, went to visit Allan every day. Although we prayed fervent and ardent prayers for Allan, part of me still feared the Allan could pass away that summer.
Miraculously, Allan beat the odds and his health showed significant improvement over the next two years. Allan was transferred from Concordia Hospital to live permanently at Deer Lodge Center. During his stay at Deer Lodge, Allan was well-liked by the staff and was treated with compassion, professionalism, and was shown great love. The family wishes to express our utmost gratitude to the Deer Lodge staff and to any staff members that are present this morning, we thank you. We want you to know that your hard work, dedication and compassion is greatly appreciated by the whole Stewart family.
I only really knew Allan well in his younger years when we were both kids. We would come to know each other some more as we became teenagers and young adults. After a couple of decades we were no longer in close contact with each other. When Cora phoned Martha to tell her that Allan was in the hospital and was seriously ill, the whole family came down to circle the wagons.
My wife Martha once told me she was impressed with the way the Stewart family rapidly rallied around when there was a crisis. This is very true. It’s just a fact. Many people have made derogatory statements over the years about our family and have not held us in the highest regard, but this is one thing that cannot ever be held against us. Whenever one of us is in trouble, the immediate family, extended family, adopted family and close friends always join forces in a rescue mission. No one fails to heed the battle cry.
I want to emphasize that any of the Stewart family that have any resentments or grudges toward another Stewart need to forgive them right away this morning. This is a Biblical command. I must say that I’m very proud to be a Stewart.
The doctors at Concordia Hospital did not give the family with a very promising prognosis in concerning Allan’s health. They told us it Allan would not get any better as as time passed. With myotonic dystrophy being a chronic and progressive illness, we would likely see a sudden regression in Allan’s health. Allan would then pass away.
Allan beat the odds by rebounding and rallying for two more years while at Deer Lodge Center. On many visits to see Allan, Martha, Cora, Neil and me laid hands on Allan and prayed allowed the prayers for Allan’s healing. God heard these prayers and in His compassion granted Allan two more years of life on this earth; a time in which Allan truly found the Lord and became a very Godly man. Allan’s wife for told me during this time that Allan accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and became a very spiritual man. The credit for this will ultimately be going to God, but Cora was a key instrument in developing Allan’s enormous spiritual growth in his latter years.
Cora was truly a loving and devoted wife to Allan and knew that the most important thing that she could do for him was to bring him into the Kingdom of Heaven. Since the evening of Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Allan’s physical suffering has ceased. He is happier where he is than we are here. Allan is exceedingly, abundantly happier than he’s ever been in his earthly life. We cannot imagine how much joy that Allan is experiencing right now.
The other day I told Cora that I had a vision of Allan sitting on a beautiful, multi-colored stool in one of Heaven’s forests petting a group of rabbits. I could see the rabbits sitting on Allan’s lap and looking up at him with an enraptured look in their eyes. There was a black one, a brown rabbit a white one, gray one and possibly some other color. Yes, there are animals in Heaven! We get all our pets back and get to pick out some more awesome new pets.
Years ago when my wife Martha’s father Pastor Frank Peters passed away, I had a vision of him riding a white horse in Heaven. Not only did I not remember that a white horse was mentioned in the Bible, but Martha’s sister, Esther told me that her dad had at one time in his life rode horses.
I recall that I once had a vision of myself rolling down a hill in Heaven with a bunch of Chinese black and white pandas. How cool is that!
Recently, I got a word from the Lord that anyone of you who is not a Christian and has not accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will be both saved and will be a Christian before I’m finished preaching today or within the next twenty-four hours. I got this message straight from God and this is a mighty promise indeed! I’m going to put Him in remembrance of that now. God has never let me down. We will be having a voluntary altar call at the end of the service and all of you will have an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior this morning and will know for sure where you’re going when you die and you will be certain that place is in Heaven with the Lord Jesus. After doing this. your name will immediately be written in the Book of Life and you will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that you now have eternal life.
How to Get Saved:
The process of getting saved or spending eternity in Heaven is very simple. It is very simple as it is God’s will that none will perish or go to hell. There is one thing that you are required to do to receive this free gift of eternal life. You must say this prayer. It may be said aloud in your own words:
Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus. Thank you for dying on the Cross in my place. Thank you for paying the debt in full for all my sins, past, present and future. Thank you that there is no further price that I need to pay. I repent of my sins Lord. I am sorry for what I have done. Thank you Heavenly Father that You sacrificed Your Son’s earthly body for me. Today Jesus, I turn my will and my life over to You. Thank you for coming into my heart. My desire is to follow you all the days of my life.