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2012-01-19 / Church

THEY SAID IT

(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

I Think He Loves Me a Whole Lot

Latasha had been battling cancer for over a decade. Her short life had been difficult, full of pain and disappointment. Now here she was, at age 32, in a hospital bed in the living room of her father’s mobile home.

Highly medicated to control the pain, Latasha slept most of the time. I sat down beside her bed and waited. She sensed my presence, and slowly opened her eyes. She smiled and spoke in a quiet, measured voice, “Hi, chaplain. It’s so good to see you.”

We gazed at each other for a moment. I didn’t know what to say. She just kept smiling.

Finally, I asked, “Latasha, do you know how much Jesus loves you?”

Her smile grew. “Yes sir. I think He loves me a whole lot,” she responded.

We talked for a while, and prayed together. I went out to my car and just sat there for a good 15 minutes, overwhelmed. I felt so honored. I had just been in the presence of an overcomer.

Overcomers know their lives are far more than what happens to them. They exude peace and joy in extreme circumstances.

Latasha was dying, but she was more alive than most people. She knew she was loved and secure. She had a destiny, and she was going to live it, no matter what.

I’m blessed to have known Latasha. I want my life to exude that kind of love, peace, and joy.

“I think He loves me a whole lot.” Yes, Latasha, He sure does.

Here’s to becoming overcomers. . .

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

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