KOH2RVA: Day 29

Sometimes all it takes to bring heaven to earth is a visit.

That’s how it felt for me on Friday of last week. I had gotten an email message from a woman who said her friend was in the hospital with cancer and wondered if I could stop by. “She watches you on television every week, and thinks of you as her pastor,” the friend said. I was about to write back and tell her I couldn’t possibly visit everybody in the hospital who watches our services on television, but something stopped me. I checked my schedule and thought I might be able to squeeze in a quick visit between two other appointments.

And that’s what I did.

When I walked into her room she said, “Oh, my goodness! It’s Dr. Somerville!” And then she began telling me a story I had told in one of my sermons, almost word for word. I stood beside her bed while she clutched my hand, squeezing it hard, her eyes shining. I told her I couldn’t stay long, and I didn’t, but I stayed long enough to listen to part of her life story, to sympathize with her suffering, and to say a prayer. When I said “Amen” she looked up at me and thanked me for coming and I could see that the visit had made a difference.

I don’t know how much longer that woman has in this world. The cancer is widespread. She may tiptoe off to heaven in the next few days. But for a little while, on a Friday afternoon, heaven came to earth just because somebody took the time to visit.

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As we think about how to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia, on this year-long, every-member mission trip, maybe you could think about someone you could visit. I feel sure that for them, too, it would make a difference.

One thought on “KOH2RVA: Day 29

  1. Jim, you are a good man for all that you do to bring Heaven to Earth. Thank you for visiting this kind lady!!

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