| When Jason entered Autumn's room, he saw a most shocked Jamison and obviously shaken Autumn.
"She...she seemed like a great person," Jamison said as Jason entered.
"I didn't think she was drinking anymore, but I've been in the hospital for so long, I guess I didn't know for sure. I was just praying that she..." Autumn's voice trailed off when she saw Jason.
"Was it truly horrible?
she asked, studying his face.
"Well, you know your mother. I couldn't get her out of there...but yes, I did find her."
"I knew she was often kind of mixed up, but I figured it was just the stress of the illness and stuff. I never imagined...what should we do now, Mr. Hansen?"
"I don't know--"
"We have to continue to pray for her," Autumn said adamantly.
"You really think God can get her out of this?" Jason asked incredulously.
"Yeah, Dad. God can do anything."
"I...I think I'm ready for this relationship with God, that thing you talked about earlier today."
"Okay, here's how God designed it..." Jamison listened as Autumn outlined God's planned for salvation. Autumn was the strongest person Jamison knew. He couldn't believe that she was in this place, in the hospital waiting to die, praying for her alcoholic mother, and at the same time, leading her father to Christ. She hadn't told Jamison any of this until tonight...well, now he knew what was really going on, and he would be able to support Autumn, his prayers could be more direct. Autumn's body wasn't nearly as broken as her family, but it looked like her dad was trying to get things straightened out.
"I did it! You mean, that's all there is to it, Autumn?" Jason's animated voice and exclaimed words broke into Jamison's disturbed thoughts.
"You did what?"
"I actually accepted Jesus as my Savior! No wonder you're not worried about dying, Autumn. I think I get it! I mean, if you're going to a place like that, with that kind of a God...well, who wouldn't want to do that?"
"There are people who choose not to take the gift Jesus offers." Autumn said quietly. Jason and Jamison instinctively knew she was speaking of her mother, and as if on cue, they moved to each side of her bed and grasped her hands as Lynne entered.
"What's this? It's my turn, Jason!"
"No, Miss Keller. I don't think you're in the right frame of mind to be what Autumn needs right now!" Jamison said as calmly as he could.
"What are you talking about?"
"I know about--"
"No! You didn't tell him! You are a traitor!" Lynne screamed, leveling her hatred and accusations at Jason. He would not tell that it was Autumn who shared that information with Jamison. Jason would shield her from her mother's wrath...and he would pray for God to do the rest. this was the last thing Autumn needed. She should have never been subjected to such treatment, and it had been that way all her life. I played a part in that, too, Jason thought. Then...no, I prayed for God to forgive me, and Autumn says He has forgiven me for all past and future sins. She says I'm free from that sin that held me captive. Autumn was only sixteen years old, and she had lived with an alcoholic mother all her life, and a father who didn't know what to do...and now she had cancer, and she was dying. What a life! Jason was sure glad she had God in her life. There was no way she'd be able to make it without Him. Oh wait, hadn't she said that? Jason was so grateful for God's presence in his own life. If he was to stick around, he would need God's strength to get through the ordeal with Lynne's alcoholism. If he decided to stick around?...No, Jason had already decided he would stay with Autumn until the end, whatever that might be.
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