2011-11-10 / General Stories


(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

He’s Still Awake, Isn’t He?

Meredith has been dealing with dementia for several years. She gets a little more confused by the day. Most of the time, conversations with her are delightful one-way streets that meander down just about every rabbit trail imaginable.

Yet she’s always smiling. She seems peaceful and content. She’s also a classy dresser, determined to outshine all the other ladies in her assisted living facility.

I remember my first visit with Meredith. After a little small talk, I asked her about her faith. She responded with a smile, “I love God!”

Then a blank look came into her eyes. Her brow furrowed and her face turned serious. A thoughtful frown appeared.

She pursed her lips and said, “He’s still awake, isn’t He?”

I don’t know what Meredith was thinking, but we all have times when we wonder if God is there and if He’s really listening. Based on what’s happening, we might question whether He loves us or even cares. Some of us may have written Him off a long time ago.

My vision is so limited. I need other people in my life who can give me perspective. Most of all, I need to seek God’s perspective. If I can hear from Him, things begin to make more sense. Even when they don’t, I can still choose to trust Him anyway. After all, He’s the only one who really knows what’s going on.

“I love God. He’s still awake, isn’t He?”

Yes, Meredith, He sure is. Anybody else need some perspective today?

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice and is interim Minister at First Baptist Church in Lexington

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