2013-02-28 / Church


(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

Who is He?

Sally was suffering from stage four lung cancer. She lost her mobility and became bedbound. Her world had shrunk to the size of her tiny room.

There was nothing wrong with Sally’s mind, however. She talked almost non-stop, mostly about her family and about Jesus. “My two favorite subjects,” she’d say.

One day, I walked in to find her snoring, head back and mouth wide open. I sat down at the head of the bed and began to pray.

After a while, I noticed Sally was no longer snoring. Her mouth was shut, her lips pursed.

Suddenly, she opened her eyes, raised her head, and gazed at the end of the bed. She continued staring for a long minute.

“Did you see him?” she asked.

“Who, Sally?” I countered.

“Down there. He was massive. He filled half of the room. Who. . .wait. . .you don’t think. . . ?” she whispered with awe.

She laid there for several moments, staring straight ahead.

“You know, I get the feeling he’s been there a long time - maybe my whole life. I can’t explain it, but he looks and feels so familiar.”

Sally turned and gazed into my eyes.

“Is it almost time to go home?” she asked.

I smiled.

“Only the Lord knows, huh?” she said. “Well, that’s good enough for me.”

Sally reminded me there is more going on than meets the eye – the unseen world of the eternal. Heaven is all around us.

Sally passed peacefully a week later. Welcome home, Sally.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice

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