Love/Patience/and the Holidays
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 (Ill 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 wasnt 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 (Ill 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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