Never will I forsake you

The Doctor's Life Support for 11 October

… God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’

Hebrews 13: 5

The ward round reached the last patient. She was dying and clearly distressed, despite regular opiates and analgesics. She was, apparently, semi-conscious and murmuring, barely audibly. The consultant bent over her, listening to catch her words. ‘He has left me alone! He has forsaken me! I am alone!’ – over and over again. The consultant sat down by the bedside, having suggested that the others leave for coffee, and spoke to the patient, but not in his own words. The words were given: ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ (Hebrews 13: 5) ‘I am with you, always, to the very end.’ (Matthew 28: 20) – ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’ (Isaiah 43: 2) – and several other similar promises of God. She opened her eyes for a few moments, looked at the consultant and said, ‘It was good of you to come,’ naming her pastor. The consultant explained who he was and promised to contact the pastor, who came later the same day to give her communion. She died the following day and when the consultant returned to the ward the senior nurse said to him ‘I don’t know what you did to Mrs X, but she did not require any more morphine!’ Spiritual pain and distress had been met by the ‘peace that passes understanding’. None of us is beyond the reach of God’s grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Written by George L Chalmers from the UK

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