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Topic: STEW (11/26/15)
- TITLE: The Final Request
By C D Swanson
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“I know that you’ll see that my request is met. You’re the only one I trust to carry out this final wish.”
Her faded green eyes still held a spark of mischief that I’d been privy to see throughout the years. Nora’s intelligence was on a level that was beyond impressive.
She’d opened a clinic at a time when few women were even on the radar, let alone running their own practice. She arranged for the poor to be seen, along with the affluent, and offered her services for free more times than not. Her compassion, scruples, and morals were the blueprints of her work ethics…and her sense of fairness a key component of her personality. She’d never had a child of her own, but cared for so many in her lifetime.
“Nora, I promise I’ll get right on it. I won’t disappoint you. I’m honored to be the one to bring your final request to fruition.”
I blinked back unshed tears as I walked slowly out of her room. I was determined to fulfill her last request, and it seemed there wasn’t much time left in which to do so.
“Bea, I have to get a move on it. I’m not taking any chances so I’m heading off to take care of Nora’s request right now.”
“Christine, are you crazy? How will you accomplish that? You can’t possibly have the time or ener—”
“Bea, I’m wasting time. I’ll see you later on tonight.”
I ran from the building and called the person that’d help me in my plan to bring Nora her fondest desire. “John, are we still all set to go? Is everything on schedule?”
“Yep, waiting and ready…”
“On my way! Thanks, I owe you big time.”
“Nope! I owe you. For all the years you took care of my mother, she loved you so much. In fact, if I didn’t do this, I bet she’d find a way to make it to my room tonight, with a special pass from heaven, just to chastise me.” John’s laugh was a welcome sound to lighten the circumstances, albeit, briefly.
The small private plane was ready, just as John had said it would be. It didn’t take long to arrive in Maine and secure the mission Nora had sent me on. Before long, I boarded the plane, for the return trip home. In miraculous time, I was back at the nursing home eager to see Nora.
“Christine, she’s really bad…”
I nodded my head as I ran into Nora’s room. She looked at me as a small grin appeared at the corners of her mouth. Her white hair fanned out on the dark blue pillow, somehow, made her look regal, and peaceful. Her inner beauty lit up the entire room.
“I’ve got it right here Nora. It’s still warm. They packed it in a thermal container. The little time I was in that restaurant, I could tell why it was a favorite of yours in your youth.”
I helped her sit up and adjusted her bed.
“Aaah-the aroma brings me back…”
I brought the spoon to her lips. She swallowed, and closed her eyes before taking another sip.
“Is it as you’d remembered Nora?”
She nodded her head. Her eyes seemed to come to life, sparkling like I’d never seen before. I know it might sound strange, but she looked "young."
“Thank you-- for making my last wish-- come true…”
This beautiful woman, who took care of so many people, and walked in the ways of the Lord, had gone home. Her days complete, her mission over. She was gone.
Although, Nora didn’t finish the chicken stew, I knew that she'd never be hungry again. Why? Because, she’s being nourished and fulfilled in ways that she‘d never known before…
Jesus said unto them, My food is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. (John 4:34)
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