Tuesday, April 5, 2011
The Final Chapter
Yesterday Abby and I visited a new patient. I had delayed the initial visit as I had been sick for a few weeks and didn't want to expose my patient to my sinus infection. We visited *Keith, but he seemed very sleepy and didn't respond to my introduction and comments. It's a challenge to carry on a one-sided conversation, but I do the best I can. After several minutes of chatting with/to him, I prayed for him and then left.
A few hours later, he passed away. He was actively dying and I didn't know it.
How many times have I been oblivious to those around me who are spiritually dead and physically dying? This the most dangerous combination there can be. I must not pass up the opportunities I have to share Christ with those I meet. How selfish and indifferent of me to refuse to share life with those facing death.
*Not his real name.