Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Goodbye


I was going to title this death but I just couldn't do it. I was called to go see an old friend I have known for over 30 years. He is older than I but we always had a lot in common. He is a good farmer and raises good crops and livestock.

I found out he had a severe stroke two weeks ago and is in a nursing home. He couldn't respond and is barely hanging onto life. You would say he didn't know who was there but I know he knew I was there. I asked if it was OK to pray for him and his wife's friend who was watching over him said sure, so I prayed for healing and for God's Will for his life.

I told her who I was and how I knew him and some stories about us. She seemed happy I was there and I thanked her for doing what many people couldn't do. People like that are truly angels to the sick. She said she did it for her dad and that Jerry's wife had helped her through it and now she could return the favor.

The main thing I want to tell you is I didn't tell him goodbye. I told him I would see him again and I will. One way or another I know I will see him again.

She said most farmer friends haven't come to see him and I explained to her why and she already knew. The last place a farmer or anyone else wants to be is where Jerry is but we will all be there sometime, some way or another.

I told her I knew I had to see him for some reason and that I didn't usually do that either. I was just following what I felt God wanted me to do.

I do have a favor to ask of you though. If you would, say a prayer for Jerry and his family. I know they appreciate it. Thanks.

Another friend of ours is completing her master's degree in Zoology. Her husband asked me to complete this survey and it is quite simple. You can be as wordy or quiet as you want about your farming beliefs and operation. He asked me to pass it on to my friends so I am.

It's another beautiful day in southwest Ohio. It will be nice for the CPS Field Day just down the road and for Dave Brandt's Field Day tomorrow near Carroll, Ohio. I hope it is this nice for Farm Science Review near London. I wonder how Husker Harvest days are going this week?

Have a good week,

Ed

6 comments:

  1. I can't pray but I gave a thought and my best wishes to Jerry.
    Funny, I watched a great movie about prayer today.
    Rent it some day, I'm sure you'll like it even better than I did.

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  2. Might help to give its name: The Genesis Code
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1481576/

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  3. Thanks, Gorges and thank you, Chimel.

    LuAnn had to do this today with two friends who wanted to see Marie before she died but were afraid to go themselves. I completely understand that feeling and give praise once more for those who care for the dying.

    Hospice types, you are very special people!

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  4. Jerry passed the day after I prayed over him and was buried Wednesday. It was a happy celebration of his life Tuesday night but he is and will be sorely missed. LuAnn's friend isn't expected to make it through the night.

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