From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Many people who are bedridden find great comfort in listening to the great hymns of the church. Because of technology today, this is possible. There are many resources, not only in music, but also in recordings that contain Bible reading, devotionals, and even books on tape.
Edith Schaeffer, the widow of the late Francis Schaeffer, was called into the hospital room of her husband who was dying of cancer. Edith surrounded his bed with the things he loved and had music playing in his room many hours a day. As Handel’s Messiah was playing one day, he quietly slipped into the presence of the Lord.
Great blessings can come from caring for the sick, and often the sick can also bless others. It is comforting to hear of family members who not only pray for their loved ones but to hear them pray for, and with, the caregivers. What a witness and testimony this is.
Years ago, a famous senator remarked in his last days, “The greatest therapy is friendship and love.” The greatest thing anyone can do for the dying is to help them know God’s peace and promise of eternity with Him. There is great joy when the sick and the caregivers are able to join together in prayer for God’s strength “being fruitful in every good work … according to [God’s] glorious power, for all patience … with joy” (Colossians 1:10–11).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)