I am always taken aback for a brief moment when I receive word my Hospice Austin relationship has come to a close. Comfort wipes away tears when my perspective quickly shifts to the truth knowing it is simply just the beginning. It is the beginning of an eternal life with our King Jesus.
I am humbled, privileged and blessed the family chose me for this part of the journey. I am honored and grateful she allowed me to spend time with her, share in a few therapy appointments, read to her from her favorite author and simply sit with her and pray over her while she rested. Transitioning to eternity can be exhausting at times, but the rewards are unimaginable, unfathomable, incomprehensible to us who remain.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword. Romans 8:35 (NIV)
Knowing that my patient and friend loved the Lord brings great comfort. No longer confined to a bed I envision her dancing with Jesus. She had a really quick wittedness about her that would catch you off guard, make you do a double take, and make you blush… sometimes all three. Mostly she kept you laughing. In our visits I never heard her complain, but when asked about her pain level it was always tempered with acceptance or resolve and a swift transition to something else.
My continued heartfelt prayers remain for the family, friends, caregivers, medical staff and community as they walk through this journey on this side of eternity. May the peace our King has unconditionally blessed us with cover each of you today and in the days, weeks, months and years to come. I celebrate your loved ones life. She taught me a lot and I will forever treasure the relationship, although brief, we shared.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)
All my love,
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If you have a stirring in your heart or a prompting in your spirit to get involved or find out more, please, please click on the Hospice Austin link to know more. There are so many ways you can help and even more skill levels they are in need of. You will not only be a blessing to them you will be richly blessed in return. It is awesome how God works like that.
May God continue to bless you and direct your path in serving Him, serving His children, and growing His Kingdom all for His glory.