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May 7, 2015, 12:00 AM

The Blanket Lady

So I just returned home from five days in the hospital. As is the case with all of the detour moments in my life, God uses the experience to show me more of who he is. I was in the hospital because pneumonia flared the MS I manage every day. When I get an infection and my temperature climbs above normal, lesions on my spinal cord become more active than usual causing my left leg to not function. Once I get a dose or two of steroids, the mobility returns and then I am encouraged to walk to keep things moving. When one is in the hospital tethered to an IV pole, the only place to walk is the hallway. 

As I walked past the rooms filled with folks fighting their own battles, I came to one with a very elderly lady laying alone in her room. She was looking out the door at those who walked by. Her TV was on, but she paid no attention to it. She held her hands on her chest, long boney fingers clasped together. Her eyes and my eyes met, and I saw again what I have seen countless times in the faces of people her age: she was present in the room, but was gone at the same time. Her gaunt face, her paper thin frame told me she had been fighting the illness a while, and was simply "waiting for God." 

She was covered in multiple blankets, but the one on top caused me to stop and look a little closer. It was checkered, dark blue and bright yellow - Mountaineer colors if you really want to know. As I looked at the blanket, it was quite obvious someone had made it for this dear one. Was it a member of her family? Was it a friend? Did it come from a group who simply gave their talents to create something to keep another warm? Questions without answers. What was clear that day is that even though she was alone in the room, even though she likely had no idea how many blankets she was under, even though she was present but gone at the same time, she was wrapped in love. The love from someone, somwhere lay upon her, keeping her warm and bringing brilliant color to an otherwise drab and depressing space.

Two thoughts formed in my mind as I walked on: "God, thank you for whoever made and gave that blanket to her"; and "God, save me from being where she is, but if I end up there, let me be wrapped in a blanket of love like she is." And the voice of the Lord came to me: "I am with you always. You will never be alone. I love with an evrlasting love. Do not be afraid." 

The love of God as the promise of his presence when no one else is around, as a blanket for warmth when cold winds of pain and uncertainty and change blow into life, as joyful colors filled with peace and hope for drab and depressing spaces - all from a little old lady wrapped in a blanket. Isn't God good............!

Keep Lookin' Up!
Pastor D.


05-09-2015 at 5:00 PM
Erika Drayer
Beautiful account! It's comforting to know that we are blanketed in His love, never alone. I love the way you write/tell a story; it makes me feel like I'm seeing it!
05-08-2015 at 10:36 PM
David Smith
Amen Brother Dave, thanks for sharing.
05-08-2015 at 8:42 AM
David Janz (Betsy)
Thanks, Chuck - wonderful words and images.
05-08-2015 at 8:36 AM
Chuck Porter
i spend a lot of time these days at The Caring Place with my Mother -in-law Joyce Greenlee. Yes, I am there to see Joyce, but with every visit God places other people in my path. So many lovely people just looking for a smile, or a kind word. Their faces light up with joy at the least little bit of attention, or even a warm smile directed at them. They appear so appreciative of even a little bit of attention. But I am the one God is blessing. He is touching my heart with every encounter, be it a bit of conversation, a "Hello" Or a hand on a frail shoulder accompanied by a warm smile. I know God has played a part in my being there for Joyce. You know how we get in the habit of saying "Love you" as we leave a loved one? Of course we mean it every time, but it becomes a habit saying it. Well, the other day I said "Love you" to Joyce after a little kiss on the cheek, and she echoed my words. Then, she took my hand, looked into my eyes, and said, "I really do, you know, I Love You!" My eyes were a little blurry as I exited the building that day... God is Good... All the Time...
05-08-2015 at 7:11 AM
Pat Mann
Reminds me of my 3rd gr-dtr. Anna, a CLA in Carilion Hospital in Roanoke, VA. As it is with Anna, she would have been sitting beside this "dear one" possibly holding her hand, praying with her, and of course, reading her scripture. Anna has been known to be asked by her Supervisor, "What took you so long, where were you?" I pray more like Anna will not only "walk" those hospital halls: but stop as the Lord directs. Glad to hear you're still "looking up." Blessings
05-07-2015 at 10:54 PM
Erika Drayer
Beautiful account! It's comforting to know that we are blanketed in His love, never alone. I love the way you write/tell a story; it makes me feel like I'm seeing it!
05-07-2015 at 9:50 PM
Sandy Homer
Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
05-07-2015 at 9:26 PM
Sheryl Rodgers
Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading this.
05-07-2015 at 8:51 PM
David Kanavy
I loved reading this too.Thank you for sharing.
05-07-2015 at 8:01 PM
Lois Carr
You wonder how many other folks walked past that woman's room and just saw a poor ,old ,thin frail woman. Not all the love that surrounded her. God's moments are there. We just need to slow down, look, and really pay attention. Wonderful story Pastor Janz!!
05-07-2015 at 7:53 PM
michelle weber
Loved reading this.
05-07-2015 at 7:44 PM
Mikki Chmiel
He is everywhere if we just take the time to stop and look and listen.
05-07-2015 at 7:38 PM
Kathy McClintock
God works in mysterious ways
05-07-2015 at 7:37 PM
Carolyn Evans
This is beautiful, each time I am in the hospital there always seems to be stories like this and memories of blessings in which He holds on to me so tight.....Thanks for sharing
05-07-2015 at 7:11 PM
Dick Shaner
The Holy Spirit leads! PTL!
05-07-2015 at 6:44 PM
Jocelyn Miller (DeWayne G
Amen! Enjoyed reading this blog and the thought provoking message within.
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