We had been planning our much-needed summer vacation to my sister's home for several months. As we drove south toward Macon, Georgia, 13-year-old Glory's only regret was being separated for a week from one of the dearest people in the world to her - Abigail Storm, the little girl (in the picture) who had captured her heart. Glory was planning to be back home within a week to hold dear Abby again. But God had another plan.
On Tuesday, June 23, 1998, our first full day in Macon, all three of my children - Glory, her 17-year-old brother Daniel, and her 20-year-old sister Joy -- looked forward to spending the afternoon with their 20-year-old cousin Jacob. The kids shopped and ate pizza at the mall, then played skeeball and swung for the fences at the batting cages. The last time I spoke with Glory was when she called from the batting cages, telling me that she was tired and wanted to get some rest before we went to church that night. God had another plan.
The new, poorly designed intersection at Columbus and Heath Roads in Macon, Georgia had been the site of six traffic accidents in the six weeks it had been opened. The seventh accident occurred at 3:42 p.m. on June 23, 1998. As the kids were driving back to my sister's house to prepare for church, their minivan slammed broadside into an 18-wheel truck at the "dangerous intersection."
The impact was terrible! If the minivan had arrived at the intersection 1/60 of a second earlier or 1/60 of a second later it would have been crushed underneath the 18-wheeler. But God had another plan.
Miraculously, the minivan struck the truck's front wheel, dead center. In an incredible display of God's mercy, the minivan spun madly out of control but never left the road. Daniel, Joy and Jacob escaped serious injury, but God had another plan for Glory.
In the words of her pastor: It was no accident! Glory "had to keep an appointment with Jesus"...in Heaven!
"Then there was Glory...whose 13-year-old body did not survive the terrible impact. She had to keep an appointment with Jesus. The Glory whom we all love so much, so full of life and love and music...a fine, Godly, sold-out young lady...went home to be with Jesus."
Pastor John Jones
Only parents who have lost a child know the tears and agony which my wife Jan and I have experienced since June 23, 1998. We miss her so much. We just knew that God was going to use Glory in a mighty way here on Earth. And He is, but not the way we planned. God had another plan.
I would love for you to know my daughter Glory. One of the happiest, most active workers in our church, Glory had a beautiful singing voice and a world-wide ministry as the voice of Susie in Boot the Mule musical adventure tapes distributed into 25 countries.
After her death, Glory's Diary was discovered in her bedroom. Her diary is a wonderful way for all of us to know Glory's thoughts and heart. Please listen to a few of Glory's words.
Glory and Music. "I just love music. I love to sing. We went to Dayton for a teen conference. I won first place in a vocal solo."
Glory's Relationship with God. "I hope I'm growing closer to God. I want to have a really, really close relationship. It got me thinking. If I died, would I be remembered as someone who was close to God?"
Glory's Reflections on Her Future. "I wonder if I'll have a long life. Like the verse in James, life is like a vapor, quickly gone. At least if I would die, I know I'm saved and going to Heaven to be with Jesus."
13 -year-old Glory Hamilton
The Road to Glory
Glory had an appointment with Jesus on June 23, 1998. How could my daughter state so confidently that "I know I'm...going to Heaven"? The answer is found in the Bible...God's Diary. Please listen to the heart and words of God.
Another Name for Heaven is Glory. One of God's names for Heaven is "Glory," a place where sin, death and sorrow are banished forever. God wants all of us to dwell with Him in Glory (II Peter 3:9), but all of us have a problem.
Our Sin Keeps Us Away from Glory. God cannot let sin pollute Heaven "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Since sin is a roadblock to Heaven, then upon our death, the only other eternal destination is Hell.
Jesus Came Down form Heaven to Pave the Way to Glory. God had a special plan for "bringing many sons unto glory." "God sent forth His Son," Jesus, Who "came into the world to save sinners" (Hebrews 2:10; Galatians 4:4; I Tim 1:15).
How could Jesus save us from our sins? He was the perfect, sinless Lamb of God, nailed to a cross, paying the entire penalty for our sin, blotting it out with His precious blood. Then, "Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father". and "received up into glory" (John 1:29; Colossians 2:14; Romans 6:4; I Timothy 3:16). Jesus paved the Road to Glory with an old rugged cross!
Heaven Is a Free Gift. "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23). How do you receive the gift of eternal life?
"But as many as receive him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12
YOU can accept the gift of eternal life by realizing that you are lost in sin, by realizing that you cannot save yourself, and by trusting in Jesus alone to save you from your sins.
Earth is the intersection between Heaven and Hell. You are at that dangerous intersection right now, and it is no accident that you are now reading this tract. God "now commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30), to turn from your path of sin, which is leading you to Hell, and cling to the cross of Christ, which will lead you to Glory.
My daughter Glory did not know on the morning of June 23, 1998, that she would never see another sunrise on Earth. But she was ready for the unexpected appointment with Jesus. Are you ready?
On the front cover is one of the last photographs of Glory, holding her dear friend Abigail. Abby's parents have placed a copy of this photo in Abby's room to remind her, as she grows older, of a really good friend who is now living in Heaven with Jesus. They are praying that Abby will see Glory again...in Heaven. That is my prayer, too, for Abby...and for you!
Glory was sure that she was going to Heaven. Are you sure? You can be! If God has spoken to your heart to turn from your sins and trust Christ as your Savior, then call upon the Lord right now. Perhaps these words will help you.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that Jesus came to Earth to shed His precious blood to pay the penalty for all my sins. I turn from my sins and turn to Jesus as my Savior, trusting Him alone to save me, to make me a child of God, and to take me to Heaven someday. Please help me live each day of my life for Jesus. Amen.