For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39 (NIV)
The Pillow Jack
The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.—PSALM 145:14 (NIV)
Near sunrise, I slipped into the living room to check on my husband, John, asleep in his recliner. As John’s cancer
progressed, he preferred the recliner to our bed. I found him flat on his back on the floor. I shook him gently. “Honey, what happened?”
John’s eyes opened. “In the middle of the night, my chair lifted me up and dumped me out.”
“That seems unlikely,” I said.
“Can you help me sit up?” John was a big guy, and I hadn’t much strength. I eased one of his pillows under his back. That helped, so I added another one, and then a chair cushion until John was propped up, but not upright. “Lord, please help me,” I prayed silently.
A scene from a TV Western flashed in my mind. A cowboy perched, in peril, on the windowsill of a burning building. His options: death or escape. Frantically, he grabbed bed sheets, knotting them into a ladder. I could do the same. I tied sheets together and wrapped them around a sturdy chair. Hand over hand, John hoisted himself to a sitting position.
“Thanks, babe.” John chuckled. “Never realized you were such a clever mechanic until you invented the pillow jack.” We shared a good laugh. Despite tough circumstances, we were still a great team.
Holy Spirit, thank you for times when humor gives us a helping hand. Amen.
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