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2012-02-02 / Church

THEY SAID IT

(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

I’ve Got Your Back

Edith lived in a beautiful old home out in the country. The house had expanded to accommodate four generations. It had a charm that is rare these days.

Edith had a long list of physical issues that had led to a slow, steady decline. She was now confined to her bedroom, spending the majority of her days in and out of consciousness.

Often confused, she would have moments of remarkable lucidity. During these times, she was sharp, spunky, and unpredictable. You never knew what was going to come out of her mouth.

One visit in particular was just such a time. We talked, laughed, sang, read scripture, and prayed. It was delightful. As I got up to leave, she pursed her lips, squinted and said, “You go get ‘em, boy! I’ve got your back. I’ll be praying for ‘ya from right here!”

I stood there for a moment in shock, smiled, and then walked down the hall with an extra spring in my step. Ninety year old Edith had my back. She was praying for me.

Look out!

We all need to know someone’s got our back. We all need to have someone else’s back too. We’re in this thing together. And Edith reminded me that, out of all the things I can do for another, prayer is still the most powerful and effective.

“Go get ‘em. I’ve got your back. I’ll be praying for ‘ya from right here.” I want to be able to say that.

Thanks Edith.

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

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