Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Spiritual resources for the terminally ill and caregivers: Woman, here is your son

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)
When death is approaching, it is easy for our minds to crowd with all the things we want to do, wish we could do, had planned to do. As far as worldly things, there is only one thing we need to do: to help with those we leave behind. As far as I know, Jesus left behind no worldly possessions. All he could give his mother was one of his closest friends; the only worldly thing he could give them at that point was each other. I would not underestimate that gift; what most people desire in life is the company of those who love them.

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