We are inundated with bad and scary news. During this month I will be doing blogs that celebrate heroes in our congregation. I hope that you gain some inspiration from these and receive a respite from the bad news that the media continues to feed us.
One member of our congregation, Bob, was a hospital patient a few months ago. He has had a few trips to the hospital in the past few months. I made sure that I was a frequent visitor. I made a final trip to visit him, as I knew that he would be discharged soon. During this visit he looked a bit odd. There was a rather pensive look on his face. When I asked him what the matter was he told me an amazing story.
His roommate had been quite an annoying person, constantly making noise and calling out. It was difficult for Bob to sleep at night, or get any peace to heal during the day. During the previous day of my visit, something changed. The man was suddenly quiet. Bob instinctively knew that something was wrong and alerted the hospital staff.
The roommate had cardiac-arrested. Soon there was a response team and the man was revived and moved to ICU. His family was summoned and they had a chance to be with him. This man passed on the next day, but not before his family had time to gather and bid him farewell.
Most folks after being annoyed by a roommate would simply be grateful for a quiet roommate. Had Bob done so, the family would have had this time of closure. Bob put his own desires aside for the sake of a stranger and gave a family this gift. Well done, Bob. You are a hero whether you know it or not.
May we all imitate this behavior.
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