I read this story about a nurse who did not identify herself. However, as I read it I was moved by the lesson it was teaching me. I hope it touches you like it touched me.

The nurse said it was a busy morning, about 8:30 when an elderly gentleman in his 80’s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

One of the nurse’s aides took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it might be over an hour before someone would be able to see him. She saw him looking at his watch and decided since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

Upon examining his thumb, she noticed that it was well healed, so she talked to one of the doctors to see if she could get him on his way. The doctor told here to go ahead, so she got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While she was taking care of his wound, she asked him if he had another doctor’s appointment this morning, since he was in such a hurry. The gentleman shook his head, “No,” then told her that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

The nurse asked about her health. The elderly gentleman told her that his wife had been in the nursing home for quite a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. As they talked, she asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him for over five years.

The nurse thought for a moment, and then said to him with great admiration, “And you still keep going every morning to have breakfast with her even though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted her hand and said, “She may not know who I am but I know who she is. And I plan to do this until the day I die. The nurse had trouble holding back tears as he left. She had goosebumps on her arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love every woman dreams of.”

As I read this I was struck by the enduring love this man had for his wife, and it caused me to wonder what Jesus would say to an angel who asked Him, “Why are you in such a hurry all the time to visit earth again and again?” Could it be possible that He would say to the angel that many of his followers needed His presence to help them get through the day? The angel then might inquire as to whether or not they knew it each time He visited them. It’s possible, He might say: “No, some of them don’t recognize me anymore, in fact, some haven’t recognized me for many years now.” So the angel might say, “So why then do you keep going?” I’m quite certain that the Master would say, “They might not recognize me, but I know who they are. We used to walk hand-in-hand every day. But then they got busy with other things. So you see, they need me now more than ever and I’m not going to abandon them just because they don’t recognize me anymore. When I told them that I loved them, I said that I would love them for the rest of eternity. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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