I gratefully took my chair in the local emergency room due to the sheer number of patients, the wait that night on my dad would be a long one. Then on top of the long wait, the hospital announced it was short on the medical staff. I am always watching people. My eyes locked on a beautiful picture you rarely see in today’s world. I could feel the love flowing between the married couple during a very trying time. I continue to watch the seasoned couple, knowing I was staring, which is rude.
The wife’s pain grew increasingly worse as she sat in the wheelchair. Her husband leaned into her, only if he could bear the pain, witnessing him comforting her without words, with the touch of his hand upon her face, his touch seemed to lessen the pain. He gently rested his forehead upon hers. Unconditional love right before me, if he could have suffered her pain, he would have without question. The man wrapped his arms around her and began gently cooing to her, softly speaking words, keeping her calm.
(Ephesians 5: 25– Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.)
Then on the east side of the ER room, a mother nervously pacing the floor, waiting on news of her son who had been shot in a drive-by shooting. The husband and I both watched her. When a hospital spokesperson came out to get her, the mother knew as she looked into her face, before she ever said a word, her child was gone. I turned and made eye contact with the husband, saw this humble giant man unleash rivers of tears matching my tears as we grieved for the mother together over her devastating news. I am not sure who released the first wail, the husband attending his wife, or the mother who lost her son. Their wailing of grief silenced the entire floor. Immediately several persons ran to aide her and lifted her off the floor. Why did this tragedy happen? Strangers forgot about themselves and ran to offer comfort, to do whatever they could to assist this mother. The man began to pray for the mother and her deceased son as if they were his family. I saw the gushes of tears fall from his eyes, pouring unashamed down his face. During that moment; he looked up, our eyes locked, witnessing the raw grief on my face lifting prayer for the bereaved family. The husband’s head lowered and rested against his wife’s forehead while prayers continued for the mother and all the people who were there in need of the Lord’s help.
(Philippians 4:6- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.)
The picture of humbleness exhibited by this man is going to stay in my heart for a long time. The husband showed Christ-Love in Action!
Jesus Christ promises never to leave, or forsake us! God is present in our time of need, ministering to us even when we are unaware of his presence. Christ’s love is omnipresent, if only we take our eyes off the world and put our eyes on him. We will see his most beautiful choreograph of true love.
“Love in Action!” (1 John 3:18) Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.