Monday, September 19, 2011

Wait and Listen: Part Two

Well, here it is over one month since Part One. Please forgive my poor timing, but as I've mentioned before, writing doesn't come easy for me. .

When I got off the phone with my wife the afternoon of  Saturday, July 23rd, I was troubled. But I didn't quite know why. It was like a gentle voice tugging at my heart. That's the best way I can describe it.Sure, I could hear the dissapointment in my wife's voice when I told her that I wouldn't be coming to spend time with her mom that night. But surely she could understand why. I was tired. I had a long day at work, after all. But there was something else going on, but I didn't realize what it was until later that night. I just knew that I had to get over to see my mother-in-law that night. It was then I realized who that gentle voice was: The Holy Spirit. I felt I had no choice - I had to listen.

Linda walked in the door shortly after I came home from work. After being with her mom all day and not eaten anything, the nurse told Linda to go home, grab some dinner, and come back later. She told Linda everything would be all right. Well, Linda and I ate a quick meal, and I told her I would be coming along when she went back to see her mom that evening. Needless to say, she was very happy with that.

We got back there about an hour later. The nurse said that Mom had shown some response when she would talk with her, and said that was encouraging. But she also said it was good we were there. The nurse left. Linda and I pulled up a couple chairs and sat beside Mom's bed, gently talking to her. As Linda lovingly stroked Mom's hair, I read a Psalm. Then Linda began to sing the old hymn, "Softly and Tenderly (Jesus is Calling)", and I joined in.

A few minutes later, Jesus welcomed Mom into his loving arms. Lois Shutler was now truly home.

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