Posted By RichC on August 9, 2015
Even for life-long Christians it is challenging facing the reality of our earthly life ending and accepting “by faith” the promise of eternal life. Part could be facing the pain of death or leaving those we love behind … but we humans also question.
This weekend my dad experience a major stroke, although we knew something medically and mentally had changed in the past few weeks. The hemorrhaging in the brain left few options for recovery, so we will honor his Living Will wishes (reminder: all should have one). After a brief hospital stay this time (less than a day), we were able to get dad enrolled for hospice care and back to his own room at Lane Park. All involved in this “flow” have been wonderful — thank you.
My brother Ron and his family have been great in spending time with dad … and Ron has been very good at making decisions with me concerning dad. We seem to work well as a team and I do appreciate my family more and more as the years go by. It all has me wondering what life is like for those without family? This week, we are all shuffling schedules in order to be at my dad’s bedside as much as possible … just as we did for my mother. My only regret is that this week has also been taxing in that Brenda has just coming home from the hospital and is incapacitated. Hmm … the apathetic reply Brenda’s sister and I have been sending to each other for the last month comes to mind … “it is, what it is.”
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
— Psalms 23 NIV