Compassion

22 Compassion 22.1 My Story I thought I knew how to minister to hurting families and person’s facing death. My hubris said I was an expert. After all, I was a seminary trained minister and an ordained minister and an ordained deacon. I had made thousands of hospital visits, nursing home visits, and been with… Continue reading Compassion

The Lord is My Helper

21 The Lord is My Helper 21.1 My Story My wife’s diagnosis of Melanoma cancer broke my heart. I promised myself I would be there for her. I would be there in good times. I would be there in bad times. I would care for her and celebrate every time we received good news. I would… Continue reading The Lord is My Helper

Thanks

20 Thanks 20.1 My Story As death was imminent for my wife, I did not feel sorry for the brevity of her life. Oh sure, I would have preferred her being healed and having another thirty plus years with me. After all, dying at sixty-one years old is dying too young. I understood that God… Continue reading Thanks

Don’t Lose Heart

19 Don’t Lose Heart 19.1 My Story I’m sure my late wife grew tired of me asking, “What did you weight this morning?” She would dutifully look at me and then give me the number. It was almost always the same weight. Oh, it may go up or down by a pound or two but… Continue reading Don’t Lose Heart

Know God

18 Know God 18.1 My Story I had been up for thirty-three consecutive hours. My marathon of being up began on Tuesday when I had awakened at 5 AM. I had gotten up, checked on my wife, showered, and went to Starbucks at 6 AM for my morning writing. From writing, I had headed to… Continue reading Know God

Accepting God’s Hope

17 Accepting God’s Hope 17. 1 My Story In April 2016, I had a surprise in the interoffice mail at work one Thursday. It came with an apology from the information technology vice president’s executive administrative assistant for not getting the large manila envelope to me sooner. She said there was an interoffice mail for… Continue reading Accepting God’s Hope

Comfort

16 Comfort 16.1 My Story My spouse paid the bills each month. We had a budget and discussed our financial priorities, but she wrote the checks each month and made the electronic payments. We were old school and had a joint checking account. I had a basic understanding of what bills were due each month… Continue reading Comfort

We Are the Lord’s

15 We Are the Lord’s 15.1 My Story I still recall the conversation. Rarely have I hated having such a talk. I am forever glad we had the conversation. “Jimmie, we need to talk,” said Miss Benita. I glanced in her direction. While her natural smile and joyous attitude were on her face, it was… Continue reading We Are the Lord’s

Don’t Go Down Regret Row

14 God is Good 14.1 My Story I remember Sunday, December 3, 2017, well. My wife had not been feeling well for the previous two months. It started in early October when she worked a week of nights doing a stock reset. She worked retail for the big box store headquartered in Arkansas. I recall… Continue reading Don’t Go Down Regret Row