Friday, May 16, 2008

Spiritual resources for the terminally ill and caregivers: I am thirsty

Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. (John 19:28-29)
As we get weaker, we have to turn to others for help. Some of the things people do to help may be desperate, inventive, even a little comic -- like giving someone a drink using a sponge on a stick. And sooner or later even that desperate, inventive help will not be enough. But in the meantime, help and compassion may come from unexpected places. All kinds of people want to help; it blesses them as much as us if we let them.

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