Thursday, May 16, 2002

Edifier du jour-Philipians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I'm praying over Kevin's grandma as I type this. His recent post noted that she appears to be near death and Kevin's sorrow pours through his prose. Our sophisticated medical system is able to do what would be seen as miraculous a half-century ago, but the healing knowledge of man has its limits. Pulling your own plug by cutting off needed treatment is hard to do; being in a position to have to do so for a comatose loved one is equally hard. Last year, I saw a friend's mom painfully dying from cancer; 24-7 oxygen and kidney dialysis were needed to keep her going. Our Bible-study group was there for Michael in those last weeks as they first made the decision to put her into hospice care, were the emphasis is for pain-relief rather than condition-treatment for the clearly terminally ill. I remember when Michael told us they had made the decision to take her off dialysis. I knew from my work at Hurley that this was the "death sentence." One of the reports I was working on was keeping track of renal dialysis inpatients; they typically needed to have treatments three times a week or die from the toxicity of unfiltered blood. Michael had quit his job to be a full-time caregiver for his mom; he had to find substitute nursing care when he came to Bible study. It was painful to see him have to help make that decision, but there is a time and a place where our physical existence has to end. I knew she had less than a week to live-it turned out to be only a day. Michael was a new believer, having come to the Lord less than a year before this. One tell-tale sign of his recent conversion was his dog's name- Molson. His new faith helped him cope with the loss of his Mom. The believer has the Holy Spirit as a comforter, allowing us a early glimpse of Heaven in our spirit. That comfort is here 24-7, just a prayer away. My reading in Philippians 4 reminded me of the Wayne Watson song, Peace That Passes Understanding, that evokes verse 7. The chorus goes thusly-
The peace that passes understanding is a blessing that will never fade away. The peace that passes understanding is here to stay. The peace that passes understanding never passes away.
I pray that peace cover the Holtsberry household as they deal with the prospect of losing his grandma.

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