As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!
~ Psalm 40:11
Yesterday morning I sat and waited for a nurse to finish her visit with a new patient that just came on hospice. As I sat and listened to her talk to the patient's spouse and instruct on how to provide comfort, I realized there was much more going on.
As the spouse followed instructions, and together with the nurse, reposition the patient and gave medications, occassionally I would hear the spouse, "I know it hurts, honey. We are almost done, and I promise you will feel better and be able to rest." It wasn't so much of what was being said, but the way it was communicated. It came from a place of love.
The couple have been together for several decades, raised a family, and now are encountering the end of life together.
The two know each other so well. As I listened I thought of times when I struggled in my faith, and times when I was so wounded, but then I sensed the words, "My dear child, it will be okay. I am here."
Our presence for one another serves as a witness of God's presence.
The times when we hurt. The times we find comfort. God is present for all.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.