2017-04-27 / Church

THEY SAID IT

“Where am I Going?”
Rev. Gary Roe

“Where am I going?” Amy asked.

Amy had been battling dementia for several years. In her more lucid moments, she would tell stories of family and friends. Other times, she would piece together random phrases into sentences that became fascinating monologues.

But on this day, she honestly looked troubled. “Tell me more, Amy. Where do you think you’re going?” I asked. “I don’t know. I’ve never known,” she said. Suddenly a look went across her face, and I knew the lucid Amy had gone. “And then there was that horse…” she continued.

Life is full of questions. In my hospice work, I encounter many concerned about what’s going to happen to them, when, and what it all means. Many of us wonder where we’re going.

Some days, I wonder where I’m going, not so much in the ultimate sense (as in where I’m headed when I die), but in the immediate sense. On any given day, for whatever reason, I can get disconnected from my heart and end up going through the motions. I quit living intentionally and with purpose, and simply drift along. And most of the time “going with the flow” takes me somewhere I don’t want to be.

Will we live connected to our hearts, expressing kindness and love to others? Or will we give in to selfishness, jealousy, greed, or revenge? When life becomes solely about me, I lose. When life becomes about loving service, everyone wins.

Where are you going today?

Gary Roe is an author, chaplain, and grief counselor with Hospice Brazos Valley. Visit him at www.garyroe.com or contact him at 979-821-2266 or groe@hospicebrazosvalley.org

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