I also mentioned that I left the hospital (on both accounts) pleading with God to have mercy on him and allow him to hear (and understand) the gospel one more time.
I stopped back today, a week from my first visit. I was very self-conscious about visiting him for the third time when I hardly knew him. I considered leaving at least three times while I was in the waiting room (waiting for the nurse to give me the clearance to go in and visit him).
When I arrived in the room, I was amazed to find Jeff alert and responsive. We had a lengthy conversation. I was able to share the gospel with him and pray for him.
In the beginning of our conversation I said, "Jeff, God kept you alive for a reason."
He said, "Well if he did I don't know what that reason would be."
I said, "Jeff, if you had died when they first brought you into the hospital, would you have been ready to meet God?"
He said (most emphatically), "No!"
I said, "Well, I think that might be your reason right there."
I left Jeff with some literature about the gospel, and he invited me to stop back and visit next week. I pray God grants him the gift of repentance.
This time, I left the hospital overwhelmed by the mercy and kindness of a great God who hears our prayers.