We take so much for granted; little things can mean so very much which is the basis for my ‘sighting’.
My brother is currently in Hospice and has been in the hospital since before Christmas; he won’t be with us much longer. We removed the ventilator and dialysis last Friday; we are surprised he is still with us. He wakes up for a few moments every day but his body is so weak that he then sleeps for hours while he musters some more strength. Nick is 61 years old and a wonderful man. He has had more physical hardship in his life than anyone I know but he has always had a great attitude and upbeat personality.
He has been asking to go outside and has not been outside since before Christmas; he is bedridden and much too weak to stand let alone walk; he can barely talk and/or move. Yesterday was a beautiful day, not too hot or humid, just beautiful. I decided that we would take him outside so we opened the doors at hospice and rolled his bed outside onto a nicely landscaped courtyard. We take so much for granted, we really do. When I got Nick outside and settled he opened his eyes and looked at me and said “you look like and Angel”. He then looked around very slowly taking in his surroundings and simply said “beautiful, this is beautiful”. The attached picture is of Nick and me in the courtyard.
Well for the next hour we had some very precious time with him. He spoke more in this short time than he had all day. I told him a joke and he smiled and mustered up a laugh. He then said very quietly a word I could not make out, so I asked him to repeat it. He very loudly almost yelling said, “home,….home,….. home”; I asked him what he meat and he said “heaven”. We then said the Lord’s Prayer and he mouthed it with us. Today he is pretty unconscious and weak but for a moment we were blessed with some time with him that will last the rest of our lives and I know was a tremendous moment for him as well. It is the little things in life that we take for granted but for that moment I think he saw God and I know for certain I did in the smile on his face and the light in his eyes. I also know for certain that he will truly see God soon and that God will be there with open arms to meet him.
Rejoice in the day, enjoy the moment, let the little things go and see God for yourself, just look around you as He is everywhere if you will simply take the time to notice.
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