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2013-07-11 / Church

THEY SAID IT

Life Lessons from Hospice Patients

“If You Don’t Want to Get Shot…”

“If you don’t want to get shot,” Grady said, “Don’t go looking down the gun barrel!”

Grady was a stream-of-consciousness kind of guy. He’d start talking the moment you entered the room and keep right on talking as you were walking out. The subject jumped from here to there quicker than a jackrabbit with his tail on fire. Whatever entered Grady’s mind found its way right on down and out his mouth.

“Don’t sit there unless you want your rear-end flattened.”

“I don’t know what’s going on. Do you know what’s going on? Nobody around here knows what’s going on!”

“Help! I’m in a pit. I need a rope. You have a rope?”

“I’m ready. Sort of. Maybe. Sometimes.”

“I’m glad I’ve still got my mind. Don’t know exactly where it is, but it’s here somewhere.”

“Can you get me out of here? Let’s blow this joint!”

All Grady’s wanderings were based in reality. In fact, most of them were downright wise. Look again at the above statements. Here’s my translation…

Don’t dive into something unless you’re ready for the consequences. Life can be confusing. We all have pits we need help getting out of. We can have great faith, but still be plagued by doubt. We can feel crazy living in this crazy world. Who doesn’t want to escape from time to time?

We need wisdom, don’t we? I know I do. Lots of it.

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

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