I wrote about a patient and her husband I met while Teresa was being treated at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Whenever I pray for someone, especially when out of town, I walk away leaving the results between the person and God. I never expect to see or hear from them again. Well …

My son texted me about two weeks ago asking me for our address. I didn’t think too much about it since our grandson’s graduation was coming up. I just assumed it had something to do with that. I was wrong. He said one of the people I prayed for in St. Louis wanted my address and phone number, and that the prayers made them feel better.  I was shocked someone looked up my son, especially when I don’t get to know that much about most people. I figured out who Justin was talking about, so naturally, when I heard she was better, I was hoping the person’s cancer was responding well to treatment.

Last Sunday at church, my son told me another person close to the family told him the lady had passed away. Of course, I was surprised, especially since I was under the assumption she was physically getting better. It wasn’t physical healing that came, it was emotional and spiritual healing. The friend of the family said after she and her husband were baptized, she felt so much better … she left the earth in peace.

I didn’t know these people, but I’m saddened that she physically didn’t make it, yet, I’m happy she made it to the right side … eternal life with God in heaven.

It can always be worse from a Christian perspective. Since most of us care about the souls of people, we are fully aware some don’t and won’t draw near to God. Some emphatically reject God, mocking those of us who believe in Him, refusing to believe in an eternal destination once one takes their last breath.

It can always be worse from a Christian perspective … she could still be in physical agony in her body. By faith, she is now completely whole with a glorified body.

It can always be worse. Yes, yes it definitely can. 

We may not care for our situation we’re currently in, but it can always be worse!

When we were at Siteman Cancer Institute the first part of April, we stayed at a hotel nearby. I met up with one of the ladies who cleaned our room and got to talking with her before I headed back to the hospital to see Teresa.

I told her why we were there, and her heart truly went out to our daughter and her family. I appreciated her compassion.

I began asking her about her life. She had moved to St. Louis, was in housekeeping in another hotel, and was told in one day with all the other employees no longer had a job.  She had to quickly find a job since she’s on her own. She took the first thing that opened up and is now earning $8.50 an hour, paying for her parking space, insurance, taxes, etc. She lives on her own. She is also looking for extra work to help her situation.

I told her what our local housekeepers make where we live, which is more than what she makes, so I asked her if she’d considered working on her own. She hadn’t. She asked how she would start something like that. I gave her some ideas how to get off the ground. We ended the discussion with her having some hope that maybe, just maybe she could start her own cleaning business since that’s what she likes to do. I told her I’d pray God would open some doors for her if she decided to go that route.

I grabbed what little cash I had and gave her some money, not because she made me feel she was desperate (I didn’t get that feeling at all). I just wanted to because she literally works hard for her money! She kept repeating, “you don’t have to do that, you don’t have to do that, but thank you so much.” I told her I know I didn’t have to do that, but wanted to, and to go do something just for her. I have a feeling she didn’t do that.

2We gave each other a hug, and I headed over to the hospital. When I got back to the hotel, there was a vase of flowers on our desk with a note to, “Mom … these flower are for Teresa … ”

If my sweet little housekeeper ever stumbles on this blog, thank you for the flowers!! Teresa really appreciated them, and so did we! And, I’m still praying God will open more doors of income for you!

We may not like what is going on in our lives, or  we may not like it we don’t have more money in our pockets, but it can always be worse!