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Love/Patience/and the Holidays
By Jesse Stroup, Director of Spiritual Care

Over the holidays I kept reviewing what Paul said about love in Romans 12:9-21. These staccato phrases are clustered in this passage: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Lifeline Volunteers and I saw these demonstrated in the lives of two long-term patients and their family members through the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year).

One patient, Sabrina (I’ll call her) had a successful heart transplant several years ago. Recently she developed cancer in her GI tract. Her husband was by her bedside almost every day. When he wasn’t there, one of their daughters was with her. She and her husband discussed end of life issues and what her desires were. We saw people from their home congregation make the journey to the hospital expressing their love by being present and with flowers, cards, baskets of treats, and prayers with and for the patient and families. She passed away after nine weeks in the hospital.

Another patient Lawrence (I’ll call him) was airlifted to a Dallas hospital when he began to lose mobility after a hospital stay in South Texas. Upon arriving at the Dallas hospital he stabilized but things got worse; intubation, pneumonia, strange things going on with his nervous system. In the ICU for fourteen weeks, Lawrence has been moved to rehab to gain strength, and be monitored for any infections that may be lurking to attack him. Lifeline Volunteers and I have again seen family and friends consistently present week after week. I asked Lawrence recently what he had learned at this point? With a grin on his face he said patience. I looked at his wife, and she smiled and nodded yes. The hospital stay continues with Lawrence and his family.

The holidays were not “as usual” for either of these families. I have seen first-hand joy in hope, patience in affliction, and faithfulness in prayer. Thanks to those who support Lifeline financially, volunteering, and prayers. You help us to be there consistently for patients and their families over the long haul.

 

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