One More Christmas: "I just believe God is working through him" - - Columbia, South Carolina

One More Christmas: "I just believe God is working through him"


It's no doubt a mother's pleasure to tuck her baby in, but for Stephanie McMillan, her opportunities are numbered -- not because her 7-year-old is growing up, but because he is not.

"I just believe God is working through him to prepare us both for what's to come," said McMillan.

It's a conversation few mothers have to face; a dialogue she wouldn't have imagined three months ago when her active son, Richard, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain stem tumor.

After they told her, the single mom decided not to tell him.

"All this time, I worried about how I would start this conversation, and how I would help him, and he helped me," said McMillan.

In the last few days, things are now worse. He rarely eats, never stands and the doctors say his illness is progressing. But it was Richard himself who broached the subject. He started asking about the grandfather he never met, a man who died 12 years ago.

"So I told him he'd get to see him one day, that we'd get to see him again when we go to heaven. He said, 'Mom, I'm gonna be dead before you.'  I said, 'Why do you say that, Richard?'  He said, 'Because I know,'" said McMillan.

As for his time here, in between cuddles and Xbox, he's been requesting hotdogs and Mexican food.

"Once he's fixated on it, that's his thought 'til he gets what he wants," said McMillan. "It's hilarious."

But he's just a 7-year-old with a mom who's just trying to keep him comfortable. A woman of faith, Stephanie says she thinks Richard is bringing people closer to God.

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