These are the types of visits that makes being pastor so awesome.
It didn't start that way.
You see, my week's been crazy busy.
Pastor Cheryl normally does the hospital visits.
So when there was a specific request that I come and not Pastor Cheryl, when my schedule was already packed, and I was running behind on tasks that needed to get done, it wasn't exactly at the top of the list of things I wanted to do.
But THANK GOD I went!!!
This was one of the best hospital visits ever...perhaps in the history of humankind!!!
The request for my visit came from a member I hardly knew. I only met her briefly a couple of times in the two and half years I've been at LCOP. She has been homebound due to her health issues.
She was recently diagnosed with cancer. That's all I knew.
I walked into her room, and she immediately lit up with a smile and welcomed me in and re-introduced herself to me.
She said, "Pastor, I asked you to come today because I'm dying."
Her cancer has metastasized and there is nothing the doctors can do.
She continued, "I've lived a good life. God has been more than good to me. I'm ready to go home. But I asked you to come because I'm kind of a control freak and I wanted to make sure you would do my memorial service right!"
"You see, I don't care what hymn you sing, what Bible verse you read. All I care is that you make the service about Jesus Christ and make it a joyous celebration. None of this mourning stuff. I am going to be with Jesus and I will be reunited with my love ones. I will be in a better place!"
How awesome is that?
I can do that!
What an amazing testimony of the goodness of Jesus Christ!
One of the best hospital visits ever...perhaps in the history of humankind!!!
It's ladies like that, that make being a pastor such an awesome joy and privilege.
Thank God for faithful witnesses like that!