Closing Doors, Opening Windows

Recently, I was with a family who chose to take their loved one off of life support.  After the patient was extubated, the family re-entered the room and surrounded the bedside—some holding the patient’s hand as well as some at a distance.  With all the noises and chattering occurring outside at the nurses’ station, I helped to close the door to offer a quieter environment for the family.

Shortly thereafter, one family member turned towards the window and opened the blinds.  Observing this, it reminded me of the famous saying, “When God closes a door, He always opens a window.”  Thus, whether the “doors” close through death or just difficult circumstances, may the Lord use us to open a window of hope to the patients and families walking through these valleys.

Let us pray:

Lord, allow us to perceive Your closed doors as windows for other opportunities to open.

In Your precious name we pray, Amen.


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