By Joey D. Frechette
On August 26th,1996 Alan Lee died a physical death. Falling 75 feet to the ground, taking his last breath on this earth, and in less time that it would take to draw his next breath, he was in the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alan, 19 years of age, had a personal relationship with God through his faith in Jesus Christ. He had always been taught by Mom and Dad that Jesus died on the cross for his sins and that if he believed in Jesus, he would go to heaven when he died. It has been said there is no escaping death, everyone dies at some time, and you will be dead longer than you are alive (eternity). The day Alan entered eternity came to him way too early in my opinion. As short as life is on this earth, eternal life might be worth more consideration than just a passing thought.
That same August day, there was another young man at 24 years of age who was thinking life was going well for him. His life was filled with everything a guy could ask for. He too was raised with the same teaching by Mom and Dad about Jesus. Although over the years of his young adult life, he was slowly walking away from the Lord Jesus and the truth about what it means to follow Him. He was drifting from his faith in God by willfully living a life of sinful behavior. He had been deceived into thinking that he could live his life on his own terms, and at the end, he would be all right because he had asked Jesus into his heart way back when he was a little boy. He has since realized and come to learn that if the roles were reversed, that if it had been him falling 75 feet to his death that day, he may have spent his eternity in a fiery hell.
There are no words to express the thoughts, feelings, emotions and emptiness that I felt on that August day when my Dad had called me and said, “We lost Alan.” It was on that day that I cried out to Jesus, the same Jesus that I had spent the past 7 years of my life walking away from. Believe me when I tell you that the verse in the bible that states “He will never leave you or forsake you” was the very truth I needed that day. As I turned back to the only Person that could offer me the comfort and strength that I needed to handle losing my little brother, He was right there waiting for me, ready to comfort, ready to strengthen and ready to forgive.
The testimony and life that was gained, because of a life lost on that August day, is still unfolding today. I recommitted myself to what Mom and Dad had taught both Alan and I growing up. It is now 15 years later and I would like to appeal to those that may be at the same place I was. Thinking that my eternal life was secure just because I prayed a prayer once or because “I grew up Christian.” You must know that through the deceitfulness of sin and the hardening of your heart, you too will find yourself rejecting God’s ways, if left unchecked, over time, you will depart from the faith.
It is my prayer that if this note finds you at that place, that you would turn back to the One Who comforts and brings peace. Turn back to the One Who heals and restores. Turn back to Jesus and the Loving Father Who waits for His wayward child to return home. If you have never received Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, simply recognize your need for a Loving Savior and ask Him to come into your heart. Then you too can know with confidence where you will spend eternity, just like my brother.
We want you to understand how it will be for those followers who have already died. Then you won’t grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope. We believe that Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, he will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died. Our Lord Jesus told us that when he comes, we won’t go up to meet him ahead of his followers who have already died.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 CEV
In Loving Memory of Alan Lee Frechette, January 18th 1977 ~ August 26th 1996.