Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Not as the world gives.......
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you. John 14:27
He just hadn’t been feeling well. Was it just his age, or was something really wrong with him? He went to his family doctor, but nothing serious was diagnosed. He was told to take it easy and was sent home.
His balance seemed off, then he started to fall.
He went back to see his doctor, and this time he was told that he had had a mild stroke. After treatment, he was sent home, only to experience another fall, then another. Things were happening fast now, and he was frightened.
He was admitted into the hospital and diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer; it was inoperable. Struggling with the news, his family gathered around his hospital bed in prayer and support.
He was husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle to many. He had served his country proudly in the Korean War. He had always been a loving man, a peaceful man, a family man. Suddenly he was a very ill man, with little time left.
As his pain grew stronger, his medication was increased making it difficult to communicated or even pray. But God in his goodness sent him many prayer warriors to keep vigil with him. They said the prayers he could not say, they brought his priest to administer the sacrament of the sick, and they spent time in Adoration for him. Through Christ, they brought him the peace he needed.
The doctor and hospital staff could do no more for him. Hospice care had been arranged and he was sent home to spend the time he had left with his family. Within a few days he was in the arms of Jesus.
Now he prays for all of us.......
"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3
In Memory of John Valencia