Hospice Care

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 18:28-30

The last minutes of Jesus’ life on earth are recorded here. At this point He must have been extremely weak from the dehydration and excessive bleeding. People were attending to Him until the very end. It could not have been an easy task, waiting, watching as their friend and Savior died before their eyes.

There are those among us who care for those who are dying. Often it’s a thankless and “unsung hero” task. Caring for people when they will never ever be able to return the favor can be very difficult.

If you know someone who works in a hospice, write a letter, call them, or treat them to dinner. I am certain they need the encouragement, perhaps more so than the rest of us. Those standing near the cross also needed encouragement. They got it three days later and it was more than they could have asked for.

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