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2013-04-25 / Church

THEY SAID IT

(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

Wanting What I Get

“That’s an interesting question,” Stephanie remarked. “I find that things go easier if I just want what I get.”

I had asked Stephanie how she managed to have such a positive attitude in the midst of serious challenges. Three months earlier, she was working in her garden, raising her prize-winning roses – just like she had done for the last 40 years. Unknown to her, cancer was silently taking over her body. Now she was bedbound, unable to transfer to a wheelchair without assistance. Yet, she smiled – a lot. “Thank you” was the most common phrase I heard her speak.

A friend of mine once said that you’ll end up finding whatever you look for. Stephanie looked for the good. She saw people and circumstances through eyes of gratitude. Her faith in Jesus was vibrant, deep and resilient. She believed she couldn’t lose, no matter what.

She was right.

“I find that things go easier if I just want what I get.”

Look for the good. You’ll find it.

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice

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