OD HAS A PLAN for everyone. You may not know what
it is, or even why, but if you put your life in His hands, He will
reveal to you the miracle of His plan.
I had just given birth to my third child, Charlie,
and had decided to quit working for a while and raise my children.
When Charlie was eight months old, I received a call from a woman
with whom I had worked several years ago. I do not know how she
located me, but she was calling to ask me to interview for a position
at the St. Joseph Hospital Foundation. I thanked her for thinking
of me, but declined the offer, explaining my desire to spend time
with my children. Several days passed when she called a second time
urging me to come in for an interview. Once again, I declined. When
the third call came, I knew that God was speaking to me and for
some reason, He wanted me to work at CHRISTUS St. Joseph Hospital.
I agreed to the interview and accepted the position.
loved my job, made friends and learned a lot about the Catholic
faith, but often wondered why God wanted me to work in a Catholic
Thirteen years passed and my husband, Charles, was
diagnosed with a serious illness and forced to quit working, eventually
becoming virtually homebound. Charles was hospitalized often over
the next nine years. During his hospitalizations, we made many new
friends with the nurses, patient care assistants, respiratory therapists
and physicians. His physicians would e-mail me with new things to
try and often corresponded by e-mail with Charles at home. The Sisters
often visited him in the hospital and he enjoyed visiting and talking
CHRISTUS St. Joseph was not only my place of employment,
but soon became the place we found the most comfort. Often, I would
meet Charles caretakers in the halls and cafeteria, and they
always asked about Charles and told me he was in their prayers.
People I had never even met were praying for my husband and family.
Charles was a fighter and I believe his wonderful
doctors, patient care staff and the prayers of the Sisters and Associates
extended his life. But in June, right after Tropical Storm Allison,
Charles was admitted to the hospital for the last time. Because
of the storm, he was admitted to CHRISTUS St. John Hospital, where
he received the same excellent care.
Sister Jeanne and Dr. Verma, Charles physician,
talked with me often about Charles final decisions and they
allowed me to voice my concerns and fears. But Charles refused to
discuss them. On July 21, my family and I were faced with the difficult
decision as Charles was being cared for in the ICU with machines
doing everything for him. Thanks to a wonderful ICU nurse, my family
and I surrounded Charles and told him how much we loved him. We
thanked him for sharing his life with us. While holding his hand,
I told Charles that I knew he was tired, and that if he were ready
to go, we would let him go. God took Charles home as we surrounded
him with our love. We knew we had made the right decision.
Gods plan took 21 years to unfold. He knew
that Charles and our family would need the love and support of the
Sisters, Associates and physicians at CHRISTUS St. Joseph and CHRISTUS
St. John. He knew we would be faced with difficult times and decisions
and He wanted us to be surrounded with love.
Gods plans are miracles, and I thank God that
He was patient. If not for those three phone calls, we would have
missed the miracle of the Sisters, CHRISTUS St. Joseph, CHRISTUS
St. John and Associates at both hospitals. Gods miracle plan
surrounded us with love at a time we needed it the most.
CHRISTUS St. Joseph Hospital Foundation