Hospital cheer.

I stopped by our local hospital the other day to check in on my wife's grandmother.....As I walked by, I heard a lady's voice say, "Well, Sheldon Pickering, how in the world are you!!!?"  - It was OraLee Schadler - a lady that always extended immense kindness to me and my family growing up.  I knew her mainly from church.  I inquired as to what was wrong and why she was in the hospital.  She explained that she had a blood clot in her heart.  I inquired as to what they were doing about it and she expalined that they were pumping her up with some chemicals to try and break it up.  "Well, what happens if that doesn't work,? I asked.  She promptly replied: "Well, then I die!"  She said it with a smile as if it didn't really concern her.  I asked her if she was in fact concerned because to me it didn't seem that she was.  She explained that she really wasn't all too concerned.  "I have a great family, great kids and grandkids, I love Jesus and know he lives and know what happens when I go", she said.  Her words, and her attitude and faith have stuck with me the past couple of weeks.  Her faith was inspiring!  She realized she may well have been at death's door and yet she recognized it for what it was:  simply a passage way to another life, a continuation, a terminal.....  It must have worked because when I stopped by a day or so later to check in on her she was out of the hospital.  She has a big heart that is full of faith.  She is an inspiration and a strength.  When life get's dark and dreary do we remember what we know deep inside? Do we remain cheerful and bless the lives of those around us?  Ora Lee could have been in her room pouting and lamenting her situation and yet she called cheerfully from her bed, "Sheldon, How Are you?"  Do we remember to care for others even when we ourselves are in need of physical, emotional or spiritual care ourselves?  Doing so will be key in determining our attitude when we are personally faced with our personal Gesthemane.  Grateful for the many examples out there.  The ones who light the ever darkening way in this life.  Remember to smile, to care, to laugh, to love.......

Dave Tate