Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday Spiritual - Grab a tissue




Just Stay

 

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman

to the bedside.


"Your son is here," she said to the old man.


She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.




Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the

young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out

his hand.

The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers

around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.




The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed.

All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted

ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength.

Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.


He refused. Whenever the    nurse

came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises

of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the

night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other

patients.


Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words.   The dying man

said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.




Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless

hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what

she had to do, he waited.


Finally, she returned. 
She started to offer words of sympathy, but the
Marine interrupted her.


"Who was that man?" he asked. 
  
The nurse was startled, "He was your

father," she answered.

"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied.

"I never saw him before in my life."


"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"


"I knew right away there had been a mistake,

but I also knew he needed his son, and his
son just wasn't here.
When I realized that he was too sick to tell

whether or not I was his son, 
knowing how much he needed me, I stayed."
     I came here tonight to

find a Mr. William Grey.

     His Son was Killed in

Iraq today, and I was sent to

     inform him. What was
this
Gentleman's Name?

     The Nurse with Tears in
     Her Eyes Answered,
     Mr. William Grey..............



The next time someone needs you .... just be there.  
Stay..
 **************

 WE

ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS GOING THROUGH A


TEMPORARY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE.


WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH A TEMPORARY HUMAN EXPERIENCE..




(love that line)




PLEASE PASS THIS ONE ON AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU!



THIS IS WHAT WE ARE PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DO ANYWAY.  RIGHT ?


HAVE A GREAT DAY AND BLESS SOMEONE ELSE IN

SOME LITTLE WAY TODAY!



~~~

Thank you to Linda of http://warmtouchcreations.etsy.com for sending me this picture
and
Thank you to Sandy and Tom of http://tomroche.etsy.com for sending me this email.

17 comments:

watercolors said...

That is a real heart warming story and needful message.
Thanks for the post.
Roxanne

Christie Cottage said...

Thanks Roxanne for stopping by!

andrea creates said...

very heartwarming indeed....

have a great sunday~

First Light Glass said...

Beautiful!

tomroche.etsy.com said...

That's a good story every time I read it. I hope that someday I can be "more like Jesus"
Everyone have a great day.

Christie Cottage said...

Thank you all for posting and thank you Tom for the beautiful email that I posted here.

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Lou said...

lovely
thank you for that

Warm Touch Creations said...

What a beautiful beautiful story and reminder for us all. You could not of used the picture more appropriate. Thank you for a blessing this morning Jacki!

Karen Mortensen said...

I love that story.

Jodi Ulschmid said...

What a heart warming story! Thank you for sharing! ♥

MYSAVIOR said...

It takes alot for tears to come and that did it.

Very sweet and heartwarming post.

♥♥♥
Sue

AMKreations said...

That was precious...thank you for sharing Jacki! God bless your day!

Deb said...

Hugging you back. Love you bunches!!!

sweetybird09 said...

Just came on the computer tonight, I read that and it was so good, that has been my motto lately to just be there where and when you can, weather family or friend or stranger...

P and P said...

Just being, with love.

Amanda said...

oh.. this is such a heartwarming story! thanks for sharing!

beautiful swag store said...

omg!! this is wonderful..I wish more men understood what this said. It would make a world of difference.

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