"Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders."
~ Deuteronomy 33:12
Some Mondays just seem to be harder than others. My day began early this morning with an email from our on-call group sharing that the daughter of one my patients needs me to stop by first thing because she feels that "today will be her father's last day."
Preparing for anyone's "last day," is never something we can be completely ready for. There always seems to be final words, or final gestures that need to be said or done. The last visit, and the last time the person will open their eyes. While we never know the exact time of our death, we do know one thing is certain. Life is simply unpredictable, and that all of us realize that one day we shall die.
While we may struggle to hold tight to the things of this world, our faith in God is one thing we can know through all situations. Paul shares, "neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)
Being able to be present for one another, while acknowledging that we all must breathe our last breath, the need to know that Christ died and was risen from the dead invokes an additional promise. The promise of life eternal.
As I prepare to leave my home this morning, I lift one more prayer that my words will be sufficient to help her to know God's presence as she watches her father die. May our words always be welcoming words of Christ for one another.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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.