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Topic: Volunteer (11/23/06)
TITLE: The Mystery Cap
By Esther Phillips
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Tom went on to say, “I see you have your cap on. Are you getting ready to leave?” The patient said, “No, it is cold in here and I’m trying to keep my head warm.”
We continued our visit by inquiring about how long he had been there, if he thought he was getting good care, and if there were any things he would like to talk to us about. He told us about how he didn’t have any family close by in the area and he was scared about the treatment they said he needed. At this point, I was surprised to see him remove his cap. It appeared that he was getting more comfortable with us.
We talked about the treatment his doctor was recommending and we happened to know other patients who had the same treatment by the same doctor and we told him about them. Their treatment and recovery went exactly as the doctor had said it would. He had already contacted family members so there was nothing more we could do about that. We then asked, “Would you like us to pray with you?” He said, “I sure would!” After the prayer, we started for the door and the patient was returning his cap to his head again as he thanked us for coming by. We told him we would see him again next week if he was still there.
There are many ways we can help those around us. I understand that there are thousands of volunteer programs worldwide. There is nothing more worthwhile than to help another person. Volunteering doesn’t have to be in a formal organized setting. It can be as simple as helping the person next door. In the Bible in Luke 6:38 we read these words, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For the measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
If you give a blessing, you will get a blessing. Volunteering is one way to give blessings. You will not forget the feeling it gives you. It will change your life.
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