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2013-06-13 / Church

THEY SAID IT

“I Can’t Do Anything Anymore!”

Sam came out of the bathroom and struggled across the floor using his walker. He took a few short steps at a time. You could see the frustration on his face.

Sam had been an athlete all his life. A state-ranked tennis player in high school, he was good enough to earn a four-year scholarship to college. He had an entire room devoted to trophies, awards, and tennis memorabilia.

Now he was standing in the middle of his living room, shaking, unable to take the next step. I went and stood beside him, placing a hand on his shoulder.

“Sam, sit down on your walker,” I said.

He looked at the floor and shook his head. “It’s terrible! Disgusting! I can’t do anything anymore,” he exclaimed, and began to weep.

Do you ever feel that way? Has life turned out different than you anticipated?

If we’re not careful, the wounds and losses of life can crush our hearts. The light goes out of our eyes. Hope dies a slow, silent death.

Let’s take a moment. Get quiet. Breathe deeply. Look inside. Get in touch with our hearts.

It’s time to find hope - lots of it.

“Fix your thoughts on Jesus,” the book of Hebrews says. Let’s velcro our minds to Jesus. He jump-starts hearts. He resurrects hope.

He knows. He loves. He turns disaster into blessing. He has a plan. He is victorious. He will not be thwarted. He is hope.

It’s Velcro time!

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice. Visit him on his website at www.garyroe.com

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