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2013-03-14 / Church

THEY SAID IT

(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

He’s the Rock of Gebraltar

Mr. Stanley was one of those men I just couldn’t call by his first name. Yep, Stanley was his last name. Hard-working. Dignified. Even with dementia, he oozed respectability.

Since he couldn’t carry a conversation, I asked his wife to describe him for me. She thought for a moment, and said, “He’s the Rock of Gibraltar. Strong. Steady. Calm in a crisis. You felt safe just being around him.”

She bit her lip and gazed down at her mate, now in a hospital bed, staring up at the ceiling.

“I still feel safe. He’s 92. I’m 88. I believe this is going to work out just fine,” she continued, a tear trickling down her cheek.

Strong. Steady. Calm in a crisis. Safe. When we’re around a person like this, our hearts relax. Peace and serenity begin to replace fear and worry.

I know some strong, steady, calm-in-a-crisis, safe people. I know you do too. Aren’t they a joy to be with?

The disciples were in the midst of a terrible storm in the middle of the night. It was so bad they feared for their lives - and they were experienced fishermen. In a panic, they wake Jesus, who had been asleep in the back of the boat. He rises and calms the storm.

Storms will come. Storms will go. He is our Peace-in-the-Storm. He is Storm-Calmer.

I believe this is going to work out just fine.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice

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