Even in the midst of horrible heartaches, sicknesses, God is still there, and His light shines in any storm we might be experiencing. Do we like what we’re all facing? No! That said, it can always be worse!

Teresa got a new roommate last night who has cancer bad in her neck and other places. She’s unable to move her arm, and her leg is beginning to do the same thing. She cried and coughed much of the night, and was emotional while I was in the room. Her husband is frustrated, and understandably so … no one seems to be helping his wife (fixing her).

A little bit ago, I asked her if I could pray for her and her husband, and tried to encourage them as much as possible, to think on good things as much as possible. We prayed. They want to be saved together (requested by the sick lady), and they asked me to get a Chaplain to baptize them together. I gladly went to the nurses station and asked them to find one.

Understandably, eternal life without pain, tears, and sickness is might very well be looking very inviting to Teresa’s roommate right now, as she’s worn out from the suffering.

We continued to wait for a Chaplain, who never showed up, so I asked them if they’d like me to baptize them. They did, so we made do. I grabbed a plastic bowl that was in the hospital room, filled it with some water. The patient, her husband and I said a prayer of confirmation, inviting God in their lives, then I baptized them as the lady desired. God doesn’t need gold instruments to get things done, but humble, open and willing hearts of gold!

I don’t know what will happen to this lady and her husband who are going through a terrible battle with cancer, but God knows. The main thing is their hearts are right, and they are ready by faith to meet their maker when their day comes. They made a spiritual decision to respond to His invitation, accepting Him as Lord of their lives.

Yes, it can always be worse!

Although it’s sad to see someone you love going through cancer or whatever it is one might be facing, while staying with my daughter-in-law at the Siteman Cancer Institute, I was quickly reminded whatever we face can always be worse!

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for being in your right mind. I heard a patient screaming at the top of their lungs, “Don’t hurt me, no, no ….” But when I walked past their door, I saw a nurse standing by their bed gently rubbing their arm trying to comfort them.

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for your loved one(s). I heard family members cry today because they found out medical intervention was coming to an end.

I hope you enjoy eating and are thankful for your food. Our roommate has been without the ability to eat on her own for 5 weeks, and doctors told her it would be at least another 3 weeks to heal, and to keep fighting. She told me 2 times in tears she didn’t think she could do this anymore. I asked her if we could pray. We did. Only God knows her outcome.

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for your home. I walked past a man probably in his late 60s to early 70s, who was crying, telling a nurse he wanted to go home.

I hope you enjoy and are thankful for being without pain. I heard people screaming in pain.

It’s been a long time since I’ve choked up while attempting to talk, and I hope it’s a long, long time before it happens again. I don’t want sympathy. I just hope everyone can reflect on what we have in life, and be grateful.

The screaming has started again … So grateful my loved one isn’t the one doing the screaming, all the while crying for the one who is.

It can always be worse!