Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Now. Is the time. Now.

September 19, 2009

Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way...Elijah said to him, "Elisha, stay here; for the LORD has sent me to Jericho." But he said, "As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you." So they came to {Bethel/Jericho/Jordan}. The company of prophets {there} drew near to Elisha, and said to him, "Do you know that today the LORD will take your master away from you?" And he answered, "Yes, I know; be silent." 2 Kings 2:1-6 (NRSV)

The emergency room Doctor indicated that they were doing everything they could. Yes, she was still alive, but it was touch-n-go. Now is the time for you to go and see her in her final moments.

Will you pray for me, Chaplain? I can't go see her yet. We prayed in sobs and tears and panic and pleading and angst. He felt strong enough to go see her. After a few hours, we still stood in the hallway watching. Her final moments.

Now is the time, I heard myself tell the family. Now is the time, if you have anything you want to tell say. Pour out your love. Ask for forgiveness. Pray for God's comfort and courage. Now is the time.

Do you know that today ... ?

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