I hope you are doing well and in the best of health. I have been praying
about what type of message to send and I felt led to just focus on the
goodness and love of the Lord. Troubling times may come our way in life,
but we are to rejoice and know that these problems are only temporary.
God's Goodness and Love is Everlasting and He promises that He will wipe
every tear that we shed on the earth and replace it with Joy unspeakable.
Be encouraged in the Lord today and know that He loves you and cares for
you and has you in the palms of His hand. (2 Corinthians 4:18) (Jeremiah 31:3)
A FOREVER KIND OF LOVE
One of our favorite patients had been in and out of our small, rural
hospital several times, and all of us on med-surg had grown quite attached
to her and her husband. In spite of terminal cancer and resulting pain, she
never failed to give us a smile or a hug. Whenever her husband came to
visit, she glowed. He was a nice man, very polite and as friendly as his
wife. I had grown quite attached to them and was always glad to care for her.
I admired their expression of love. Daily, he brought her fresh flowers and
a smile, then sat by her bed as they held hands and talked quietly. When
the pain was too much and she cried or became confused, he hugged her
gently in his arms and whispered until she rested. He spent every available
moment at her bedside, giving her small sips of water and stroking her
brow. Every night, before he left for home, he closed the door so they
could spend time alone together. When he was gone, we'd find her sleeping
peacefully with a smile on her lips.
On this night, however, things were different. As soon as I entered report,
the day nurses informed us she had steadily taken a turn for the worse and
wouldn't make it through the night. Although I was sad, I knew that this
was for the best. At least my friend wouldn't be in pain any longer.
I left report and checked on her first. When I entered the room, she
aroused and smiled weakly, but her breathing was labored and I could tell
it wouldn't be long. Her husband sat beside her, smiling, too, and said,
"My Love is finally going to get her reward."
Tears came to my eyes, so I asked if they needed anything and left quickly.
I offered care and comfort throughout the evening, and at about midnight
she passed away with her husband still holding her hand. I consoled him and
with tears running down his cheeks he said, "May I please be alone with her
for awhile?" I hugged him and closed the door behind me.
I stood outside the room, blotting my tears and missing my friend and her
smile. And I could feel the pain of her husband in my own heart. Suddenly
from the room came the most beautiful male voice I have ever heard singing.
It was almost haunting the way it floated through the halls. All of the
other nurses stepped out into the hallways to listen as he sang "Beautiful
Brown Eyes" at the top of his lungs.
When the tune faded, the door opened and he called to me. He looked me in
the eyes then hugged me saying, "I sang that song to her every night from
the first day we met. Normally I close the door and keep my voice down so
as not to disturb the other patients. But I had to make sure she heard me
tonight as she was on her way to heaven. She had to know that she will
always be my forever love. Please apologize to anyone I bothered. I just
don't know how I will make it without her, but I will continue to sing to
her every night. Do you think she will hear me?"
I nodded my head "yes," unable to stop my tears. He hugged me again, kissed
my cheek, and thanked me for being their nurse and friend. He thanked the
other nurses, then turned and walked down the hall, his back hunched,
whistling the song softly as he went.
As I watched him leave I prayed that I, too, would someday know that kind
of forever love.
By Christy M. Martin
Never allow this world to bring down your spirits. It is true that we will
encounter tough times, but the Joy and Glory that we will experience in
Heaven will not even come close to the light affliction this world may
bring. Be strong in the Lord and know that He sees you right where you are
and has not forgotten you. I encourage you to praise the Lord even in the
midst of your troubles and just revel in the awesomeness of our God and
know that all is well. (2 Corinthians 4:17) (Psalm 91:15-16) (Psalm 9:1-5)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Revelation 21:3-4 "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold,
the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they
shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away."
Psalm 145:17-21 "The LORD is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all
His works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that
call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him:
He also will hear their cry, and will save them. The LORD preserveth all
them that love Him: but all the wicked will He destroy. My mouth shall
speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless His holy name for
ever and ever."
Isaiah 61:10-11 "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be
joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh
himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the
things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause
righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let
your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for
nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which
passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HE HAS NOT FORGOTTEN YOU
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD'S MIRACLE IN PROGRESS
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry