"See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many."
~ Hebrews 12:15
While serving as a chaplain, so many of my visits with families and patients are focused on the subject of mortality.
One of the greatest gifts we can offer any person is helping them to die well.
Our mortality is something that we all must deal with. The moment we take our first breath, our journey begins. It is inevitable.
While it is our own personal journey, friends and family can often influence that journey. There is a moment in which we need to honor that journey. Our journeys begin and end with God.
Being present and honoring that journey can be among the greatest gifts we can provide for one another.
When Jesus died he said: "Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit" (Luke 23:46).
These words are important for not just us, but can be important for us to share with those who's journey is coming to an end. With these words on their lips or in their hearts, they can make the passage as Jesus did.
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.