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O God, How Can This Happen?
by BILL HUNT 
05/04/09
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O God, How Can This Happen?
by Bill Hunt


A sterile room with a plain beige wall,
the guard-railed bed groaned up tall,
then screeched down, mattress frame locked.
Convertible side-tables, vanity mirrors,
a monitor machine, pulse remembered.
The stick of the needle was the real sin,
or the stick of the bandage that tore my skin.

O God, how can this happen? There must be a reason.

The blood lady came with a bright red scarf
in white starched slacks, “I'll map your heart.”
The green smocked x-ray tech ordered,
“Hold this cold board right up to your chest.”
The long-haired cleaning girl came washing,
“Just stay put while I'm mopping.”

O God, how can this happen? There must be a reason.

The ward nurses buzzed the room with care.
How do they keep their Clairol hair?
Some pain is routine, some horrific;
to help the hurt, pharmaceuticals prolific.
Doctors in white coats came once a day rare,
visit the patients scratching their hair.

O God, how can this happen? There must be a reason.

But last, the old visiting chaplain stopped to talk.
“I ministered these forty-four years to injured and sick.”
So long, so weary, his voice grew thick.
To lighten his load, I held his hand quick.

“I prayed for the dying; I prayed...the wounded.”
He fumbled his word, so I prayed instead.
How amazed he felt his heart burn within.
A tear from his eye dropped to his chin.
For all his years to these hospital shut-ins,
no one ever prayed for this elderly chaplain.

So this is the reason. This is the reason.

-- a true event--



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LauraLee Shaw 15 May 2009
This article was chosen to be highlighted in the “Cheering Section” of the Faithwriters’ Message Boards. Congratulations! Click here to see yours and the others that were selected this week: General Submissions JEWEL CHEST
Jeanne E Webster  09 May 2009
Ministering to the ministering! Thanks for the reminder. God's peace and joy always.
Dee Yoder  08 May 2009
Wow, this is beautiful! Very good writing and the message is icing on the cake.




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