Lifeline Dallas



A Time to Sojourn
By Jesse Stroup, Director of Spiritual Care - Dallas

A Doorway into Thanks, and A Silence in
Which Another Voice May Speak.
- from “Praying” by Mary Oliver

The hospital census gave his name, room location, and age, 84. Entering his room I found a man with white hair and crystal blue eyes. A tube to his nose supplied him extra oxygen. He had a distressed countenance. (I’ll call him Mr. McCall.)

“Mr. McCall, my name is Jesse Stroup. I am with Lifeline Chaplaincy. I am wondering, ‘Is this a good time for a brief visit with you, or not?’”

"I reckon so, but I cannot talk much because my oxygen level goes down when I talk a lot that’s why my children are not here because I like to talk to them.”

“What’s the doctor saying about you today?” I asked.

“Oh, I really don’t know, but this is the third time this year I have been in because of my lungs.” He broke eye contact and looked down.

Respecting his statement, “Shouldn’t talk much….” I said, “You look downcast.” Silence lingered. I abruptly asked, “Do you feel like you are dying?” Still silent he answered by nodding his head “Yes,” and his eyes moistened.

His answer weighing heavily on my heart, I asked “Are you a believer, that Jesus Christ is God’s son?” He nodded “Yes.” “Tell me about how you became a Christian,” I asked.

“Oh, my wife was a devoted Christian, and she got me going to church with her. I have not gone much since she died two and a half years ago.” He named his home congregation. He nodded “Yes” to several names I recited from his congregation, and tears trickled down his flushed cheeks.

“Are you afraid,” I asked?

“Yes.” Again silence.

“You might appreciate this verse from Psalm 23 that often gives me comfort and hope,” I replied. “ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” Then we prayed and I soon left. Our shared conversation touched me deeply.

When we go to the bedside of the sick, God shows up, often speaking in the silence.

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