What a Way to Go
It was the mid 1980‘s. Along with being a pastor, substitute school teacher and tutor, I was a member of the local fire department, licensed by Maryland as a Cardiac Rescue Technician (CRT). I had just finished visiting someone at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland when the call came in.
“Company twelve, cardiac arrest,” crackled my portable scanner. The dispatcher said the emergency was just across the state line, something like only two miles (3.2 km) from my base, Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company. However, I knew there would be no one available. It was day time and our medical membership were at jobs they could not get away from. I was the only medically trained volunteer available at that moment-and I was fifteen miles (24 km) out from our station.
As I headed toward base, I heard the call repeated. If it was a definite cardiac arrest surely only God would be able to help that person. To my knowledge, biological death sets in around ten minutes.
I forget how and when, but I was able to make a phone call to Allegany County dispatch and told them I knew for sure no one from Flintstone could respond but me. They immediately dispatched an ambulance crew from Oldtown, which met me on the way. I knew the exact location of the person’s home and I was the only CRT available at that moment in the area.
We arrived, did what we were trained to do and continued medical aid as we took him to the hospital. He did not survive.
Though sad, I was impressed with how he died. He had his heart attack while serving lunch to his bedridden wife. His wife had been ailing over the years, but never once, to my knowledge, did he utter the word d-iv- -or-c-e (1). Though he kept busy working hard, he always made time for his wife.
That’s is why I was taken aback when his daughter said it was terrible that he died in front of his wife. I think I gently spoke up that time and said that was one of the best ways to die. He was busy, and was dedicated to his wife.
Christ stated (Mark 10:9), “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” That is a command, not a suggestion.
Being TRULY in Christ is the foundation for a victorious marriage. I have written a number of pages for the married. A few years ago on Triond I had published an article about the agape type of love in marriage as well as its special bond that it can create if we permit it.
If you are married, or are considering marriage, I encourage you to be like the gentleman I have described in this article. He was faithful to his wife, did not leave her when she was ill, and passed from this life as he lovingly served her. What way to live. What a way to go!
1 This word was broken apart on purpose to avoid unwanted ads.
God willing, this shall be part of my Bible GemLight series as pyrope006.