It was after 6 AM and the sun was just painting the sky with hues of pink. My father was hospitalized after a stroke and since I worked for the hospital, I would look in on him before I began my day.
We had spoken at noon and I now hurried home to check on the children. As I sat at the kitchen table, I glanced at my watch. It was now 6:30 pm and I suddenly felt the urgency to leap from the table and quickly get to the hospital sooner than my usual evening visit.
Have you ever had that sudden feeling deep inside that "something" was wrong?"
My husband was startled by my sudden action but followed me to the car with haste.
I ran up to the 4th floor and down to my father's room and was met with a closed door.
As I opened the door a dark room met me.
Why was the door closed?
Why was the room dark?
I could hear deep struggling breath sounds as my hand reached for the light switch.
The light revealed my father's weakened body slouched down against the bed rail and his eye's gazing up at me. As I ran to his side he softly and breathlessly said, “I knew you'd come.” My heart felt like it dropped to my feet.
Seeing he was pale and had shortness of breath, I called for the nurse to get oxygen on him quickly.
He said he had pressed the button for the nurse several times and when she did come, she gave him a pill, turned off the light and closed the door.
I assume he pressed the call button one too many times and an incompetent nurse who did not recognize the symptoms of congestive heart failure left him alone in the darkness... struggling for breath.
How could someone not realize that this man needed help!
One month later, my father left this world behind for his heavenly home.
To this day I often remember his words, “I knew you'd come.”
Our loved one's can depend on us when they are helpless.
Our loved one's can depend on us for protection.
Our loved one's know we will be there for them.
Imagine for a moment that you are that helpless patient in a hospital bed.
You are calling for help.
You wait for someone to come help you.
You wait for someone to push open the door.
You need someone to intercede on your behalf.
When will that person come?
How much longer can you wait?
The fear of death seems to surround you.
Well fear not, for help does come!
A child has come!
This Child, this precious babe in the manger has come to rescue us.
The Comforter has come! The Light of the world, the awaited Messiah has come as promised. He has stepped into our world and removed the darkness.
Yes, our heavenly Father can be depended upon to keep His Promise.
He will protect and save us from our sin... sin that otherwise would bring eternal death.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins. Matt. 1:21
As we celebrate the birth of Christ let us remember why He came.
We all are helpless and dying and He has come to save us.
This child grew into a man who suffered and died for our sin.
What love is this! We all now can say with joy, “I knew You'd come!”
Have a glorious Christmas knowing that Christ came to save you.