Coming Face to Face With Your Mortality
Perhaps this is better explained by my own experience…
This happened to me in December 2016 when I was hospitalized and came face to face with my mortality.
We take so much for granted in life that we forget to be grateful for every day that we wake up alive and carry on like nothing is happening- until something Does happen!!
There I was – usually boisterous and around and about but now unable to move with the agility I was so used to!
Am I dying? I asked. Much as I mustered the strength to move, my legs felt heavy and it was as if something was holding me down! I burst into tears at every little attempt to do the things I used to do very easily and were now so difficult to do!
Then one morning in the hospital, a lady came in to give me holy communion (I’m Catholic) and after she left, I felt some calm come over me and I said to myself “I can’t have Christ in me and not be able to do the things I want to!”
I shouted “yes I can!” and then got up to try and walk.
My legs were no longer that heavy! The nurses were delighted to see me walk down the narrow corridor patients were encouraged to walk on to avoid blood clots.
All I heard was “keep walking Grace-good job!”
Finally, I confronted my mortality and decided that no matter what I did, no matter what I wanted, I needed the help of a higher being – of God to succeed!
It’s the recognition of the sublimity of God and of my own nothingness and powerlessness that helped me to deal with my physical challenge!
When you think you can’t go on, don’t give up! The darkest hour is nearest the dawn and God will always send helpers (mind you, His choice of helpers!) to help you through rough patches in life.