Being Ebenezer

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

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I should be jumping in the shower to get ready to go to that place.

But I can’t until after I tell you that I love Tuesdays.  Why?

I go back to that same place where God healed me of cancer.  I go there to the infusion suite of the John B. Amos Cancer Center and I give back.

I don my pink jacket and  white or black outfit and attach my pins and badge to my lapel.

I enter into a world of healing and hope and pray I am a walking Ebenezer (a standing memorial stone of God’s goodness in a place).

“Lord, here I raise mine Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’m come.” 
(Lyrics from Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.)

I leave my worries, plans, and to-dos at home and I go and I simply serve for the day.

I serve the nurses and staff who took care of me.

I serve the people receiving chemo and other infusions for the first time or maybe for the umpteenth time.

I pray with, for, and over them as I cover them with warm blankets, fix soup and juice, and provide a snack.  I get to show them how to maneuver that pole as they walk themselves to the bathroom or I take them in their wheelchairs.

I clean up after they leave and make a space ready for the next person.

I talk to them about what God has done for me.

I offer hope.  God is present.

It’s ministry.

It’s sacred.

It’s giving back where God gave so much to me.  (See video two for more of my cancer story).

And I am grateful once again. 

Soli Deo Gloria!

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