The story of ‘Voice In The Choir’
Voice In The Choir was inspired by the life and early loss of my brother Declan Hubert on 8th May 2011. Declan was 14 years old and the oldest boy in our family of eight children. Declan was passionate about playing the guitar. It was his great desire to become a fine guitarist and he shared this enjoyment with his friends. Each Sunday Declan and my mother would play guitar together at our family home church meeting.
On Friday 6th May 2011 Declan left the house in the early morning to do his paper round. He was wearing his earphones and playing music in order to learn guitar pieces ‘by ear’. Halfway through his paper round Declan stepped out into the path of an oncoming car. He sustained a massive head injury and 2 days later he passed away.
I‛m going back to Paradise City was the track playing at the time of the accident. Declan‛s life and final days had many such co-incidences (or God-incidences). When Declan was 4 years old a friend shared a ‘difficult’ dream. In it she saw Declan involved in a fatal car accident. Her words were that there was a miracle, ‘deliverance’, a resurrection and that he was somehow ‘better than ever’. As the years went by we were relieved that the dream had not come to pass!
On the morning of May 6th I was in Egypt with a Christian outreach team. A friend put a book in my hands called Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo – a testimony of a young child who had a near-death experience and had witnessed heaven. I was asked to read the book that very day as many others in our team wished to read it also. Later that day I received news from home. Declan had been involved in a car crash. He had suffered massive head injuries and his life was in the balance. Over the next 48 hours I and my team prayed and prayed and I read that book from cover to cover.
Throughout the weekend our family received news that countless people and church groups all over the world were praying for Declan‛s healing and restoration. As I prepared to return from Egypt I was not sure what the news would be when I arrived in the UK. I was picked up from the airport by some friends and I asked that they avoid sharing any news with me before I reached my family. On the journey home no-one spoke to me.
Suddenly I heard Declan‛s voice.
“I can see you! I can see you!” he said.
I looked around the car, looked in the reflections of the windows trying to see him.
“I can‛t see you” I responded, sounding confused. Declan‛s voice went on;
“You know I‛m ok, right? I mean, I‛m with Jesus! Would you want to come back if you were with Jesus?”
“No” I replied. That was all I heard from him.
I arrived home about mid-night and there was enormous sadness as we wept together over our loss. The next morning an email came from South America from my 13 year old cousin; she had had a vision. This is what she said…
I was crying on the stairs, then I saw an image. I was on some stairs leading to a throne and I saw that I am at Jesus’ feet on one of the stairs and I am pleading Him to do a miracle and HE looks at me and gives me the feeling that He was saying “It’s not ME” and then HE turns and motions to someone to come to me. And I see Declan coming from the right hand of the throne. I didn‛t see the throne well – I was looking at Declan and he’s wearing a white cloak and comes down to me and hugs me. And he looks at me like in a way of saying “I have made my choice and I am happy.” And I saw him sooo happy and I feel like he’s saying “He wanted to stay with GOD” – but he didn’t say anything, I felt it. And I felt such peace but I was sad but I knew that he was happy.
Many more people came to us over the next seven days who also had received experiences of Declan in ‘glory’. One friend shared that day and night she could see him ‘laughing and walking in the light’. Another shared that she had experienced a vision of him ‘taller broader and with a beatific smile on his face.’ She also shared that he had shown her his wings – enormous luxurious unfurling wings! She said he had a job in heaven – smiling and greeting people (he was always good at that)! Interestingly, the book I had read in Egypt (Heaven Is For Real) had suggested that everyone has wings in heaven!
Yet another friend shared a particularly inspiring experience she had while in a card shop. She heard beautiful guitar music and looked around to see where it was coming from, but none of her children could hear it! Then she heard Declan’s voice singing! The song was I Stand Amazed In The Presence Of Jesus The Nazarene. (Find it on YouTube ). Our friend wept and rejoiced at what was being revealed to her in her spirit.
The night before Declan’s life support was switched off, a friend had a dream – she saw preparations being made for a great celebration, and an object made of gold and ‘mother-of-pearl’ being polished. She heard what she understood to be the voice of God telling her to ‘stand back and take a better look’. She then saw that it was a magnificent guitar being prepared. She knew that heaven was preparing for Declan’s arrival! Voice In The Choir is inspired by that dream.
These experiences, and many others of dear friends of our family, have encouraged us so much to acknowledge the reality of heaven – and our Declan‛s presence there. We have all journeyed forward with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
The Bible says; No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2 v 9
Jesus said; Don‛t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father‛s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going… I am the way, the truth and the Life… John 14 v 1-6
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3 v 16-17