I wanted to take a minute today to tell you about my day yesterday. I have a friend who has been my friend since we were 17 years old. Back when we were kids, I would be at her house all the time, she would be at my house. We even took to calling each other's parents mom and dad. My friend's mom, Betty, is now at the end stages of her life, and is in a wonderful nursing home. Sometimes she recognizes people, other times not so much. Yesterday I had the opportunity to spend some time with her. It was one of the most beautiful, fulfulling, spiritual afternoons I've spent in a very long time. We all might think that when we spend time with the elderly we're doing it for them, but truth is, I got so much more out of that visit than the woman I used to call "mom" ever did. Thankfully she did recognize me, and gave me a bright beautiful smile. She spends most of her time now praying or watching television. Yesterday she wanted to pray. Despite her memory loss, she remembered the words to every single one of those prayers...every single one. She also remembered the words to hymns we used to sing at church. We prayed together and sang together and it was so beautiful. She was clearly in a spiritual place and I was happy to be there with her. She taught me more in one afternoon than I could learn in a lifetime. I know our lives are busy, and sometimes it's hard to make the time to spend with people that you want to. But I ask you today, if you have someone elderly in your life, take some time to spend with them, an hour here or there. Maybe an afternoon. You'll find out that they have much to teach us. I thank sweet Betty for the time I spent yesterday and I hope I get to spend more with her before she decides it's time to make that journey to the other side.
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