“When I sat down to put my testimony to pen and paper, the CD I was listening to started to play, “Hallelujah,” by Leonard Cohen and I thought – ‘This must be inspiration.’
So here goes. Some might think a stroke and how it devastates the body is a taste of Human Hell. But that’s not how I see it. I see it as a Blessing. In this life, I have found myself knocking on Heaven’s door a few times. But this time was the first time I felt Someone on the other side turning the knob to let me in. But alas, it was not to be, so I am thinking there must be more for me to say and do before I stand before the Throne and offer my own Hallelujahs to the King.
In the time remaining, I have thanks to give. I would like to thank Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit for allowing me to feel the mercy and grace of Heaven and the Blessing of this stroke – a Blessing I’ve yet to see in the natural world, but a Blessing I feel deep in the core of me.
Next, I would like to thank Priscilla (who I’m sure doesn’t see much of a Blessing in the hand we’ve been dealt). She in herself is a Blessing to me. Without her and my brother Bill, I fear the road home would have been even longer. Last, but by no means least, a large Thank You to Rev. Susan, Keith, Tom, Carol and all of Emsworth U.P. Church. Thank you for all the prayers. I felt each and every one of them.”
Written by Clyde Williams and read in worship at Emsworth U.P. Church on Sunday, May 26, 2013. May 26 was the first time Clyde was able to be in worship since he suffered a significant stroke in the early hours of December 26, 2012.