Songs of Life From a Hospital Bed - Part 2
After sending the previous blog (email really) out to my family I was reminded (by my sister) of a very significant related event. A few weeks before my father died my brother and I went up to visit him. Since we were traveling light our step-brother brought over 2 guitars for us to jam with (perhaps a miracle in and of itself). We sang and played for Jan and my Dad for over 2 hours after dinner one evening. Dad said that this was the best he had felt in many weeks. It really was one of the best times I've ever had with my father. He even sang! Amazing considering his declining condition.
So therein lies the connection. Music, songs, guitars, family, love, healing, taking time not just say you care but to show you care. It is no wonder that the experience in the hospital with Ed the preacher triggered so much emotion. Someone once said, "Where your pain is, therein lies your gift." The gifts God gives us are the magic carpet rides upon which we travel to give to others. Pain is not a worthless emotion. It is more like an experience which teaches us sensitivity to others. And in that sensitivity we connect with Amazing Grace.