I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t asked God to show me why people are faithful and loving as these two are struggling so much. Mike is a hospice chaplain, and he has spent a good part of his adult life dealing with the daily challenges of ministering to dying people and their families with grace, comfort, and integrity. Sharon is a loving Christian wife who has also worked hard, raised children, and ministered to those around her. The entire situation that they are experiencing causes me to ask, “Why?”
The Greatest Tragedy
If Mike has asked the question, “Why me?” it hasn’t shown up in the notes he has written to those he loves. Through this entire experience, it appears that he has placed his complete trust in the relationship that he has with his Heavenly Father. In his letter to friends and family, one statement that he made was so potent that it immediately stopped me in my tracks.
“The greatest tragedy in life is not dying, but dying unprepared.” Mike Garrison
I want to be like Mike! I want to have the kind of trust in God that basically says, “I may be dying. But it’s going to be alright as long as I keep my eyes focused on the One who has loved me more than anyone ever could. This is the kind of trust that brings people through life’s most challenging circumstances…and it’s what I most admire about this man that I am so privileged to know.
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