As I walked down the hall filed with empty wheel chairs on both sides, towards Ms. Betty’s room, passing a frail looking lady, laying on what seemed to be a stretcher chair bed. I thought,”kinda looked like, no, can’t be Ms. Betty, why would have her out in the hall”? It’s only been a week since my last visit, she was in her room sitting up watching TV. I continued walking to the nurses station, and asked, “is that Ms. Betty”, “yes” was the reply. Walking back to her, “hi Ms. Betty, it’s Skip, “how are you”? Damn, Skip, what a dumb question. “Did they tell you about me”? “No, Ms. Betty they didn’t”. “I’ve been looking for my husband, I’m so mad at him, just left me out here”. “Been out here all day, can’t be here, there going to have to change me, why are they doing this to me, why am I out of my room”? Looking over her shoulder, “where is my sister”? “I’m the only one here Ms. Betty”. Looking confused, fainting audible, almost wispering, she said, “saw you coming down the hall, you have been here all day”. “No, I haven’t, just came from visiting Mr. Jack and Mr. Kirk”. “Who”? “You remember Mr. Jack and Mr Kirk, from down the hall”. “ah”, “is my sister here”? “No, Ms. Betty, no”, “would you like me to read scriptures”? “Yes”, “what would you like”? After a long silence, I said “how about I read psalm 16”?
Keep me safe, O God,
for in you I take refuge.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
apart from you I have no good thing.”
As for the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.
The sorrows of those will increase
who run after other gods.
I will not pour out their libations of blood
or take up their names on my lips.
Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me.
Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure.
Because you will not abandon me to the grave,
nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at you right hand. amen
“I’m going to go now, Ms. Betty, may I share a prayer”? “yes, did
my sister come back”.
Heavenly Father, please bless Ms. Betty through her journey. amen