I was transplanted to a small town in Louisiana, and as I visited from one community to another I heard about a Dorcas who had done many good deeds. Both young and old had something good to say about this Dorcas, so my curiosity was aroused. She was known in all the communities in this surrounding area.
When I finished my nursing course I went to work in a nursing home near our home, and as the charge nurse orientated me to my duties she introduced me to each resident. We approached a quiet silver haired lady and her name caught my attention.
“So you’re the Dorcas that I’ve been hearing so much
about. I finally get to meet you.” She only smiled.
She had begun her battle with Cancer and chose to enter the nursing home to finish out the rest of her life. Here was this woman that had done so much for others and her Lord, sitting helpless, but this was where she chose to spend the end of her life still helping others.
I watched her day after day, and I understood what others
said about her. She had a quiet, humble spirit, and her face was radiant with the love of Jesus. She portrayed that inner peace that only Jesus gives. Her faith was strong and she never complained, but she went about encouraging the other residents with her kind words. I knew that she would be an important part of my life as I watched her with bible in hand praying for others. Her one request was that she not die alone. I made her this promise and kept it.
“God, please let her gently fall asleep in your arms,” I
I walked into her room one morning after my shift had ended and she looked at me with her beautiful smile for the last time. She took her last breath, and fell asleep in her Savior’s arms.
My eyes filled with tears, because she had touched my life in a very special way.
“You’ll get hardened to it,” said my co-worker as we walked
out of the room.
“I hope I never do,” I replied and I never did.
This saint’s name was never up in lights, or in any important newspaper headline, but she has a place in Heaven and in the hearts of many. She left memories that will not be forgotten.
We can learn much from these quiet people if we only watch them.