AY AFTER DAY AND NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, she had stayed
in the ICU waiting room. Her husband of 43 years
closed unit near death for many, many days. At each visit, she
talked and prayed over him, literally begging God to save him.
And save him God did.
Now, two months after they had first come
to our hospital, Mrs. Boudreaux knew it was time for her to go
home for the first time in
days. Her husband had steadily improved and was growing stronger.
Now in a regular patient room, he was not only more independent
but clearly needing some time alone.
Yet still, she hesitated to
leave. She had come so very close to losing him. She walked slowly
to the elevator, turning the last
corner alongside a young technician, Kevin, who was wheeling
an empty stretcher back to the cardiac cath lab. As he walked,
began to quietly whistle the old song Amazing Grace, her favorite
Tears came to her eyes, and Mrs. Boudreaux boldly
asked him to sing the song to her. Without hesitation, Kevin offered
for her, unaware of the deep meaning and comfort they were bringing
to this very weary woman.
As she related this story to me the following
day, she said, “When
I heard him singing that song, I knew that this is a place where
Jesus is present. I knew that my husband would be fine here last
night without me. I went home and slept like a baby.”
we gave thanks for such a place as CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth and
the many holy people who, like Kevin, fill this place with
the spirit of Jesus.
CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital Associate