What Music Are You Playing?

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to minister to a patient and her family that started receiving care in the Trauma ICU and eventually transferred to the Medical ICU.  When the relationship began, the patient was awake and alert, and her husband and daughter were very hopeful for a full recovery.  However, the patient made a huge decline, and her family changed their perspectives by preparing for the end of her life.  During our various encounters, we discussed her and their faith along with the impact she made on this world, especially to numerous children.

On the day of her death, the family requested my presence and prayerful support during the terminal wean process.  After the nurse and respiratory therapist extubated the patient, I provided continuous emotional and spiritual support throughout the afternoon.  In the midst of reminiscing over memories with her, the family shared their love of music and their ability to play musical instruments.

“I’ve always wanted to be able to play a musical instrument,” I commented to them.

“It is never too late to learn,” the patient’s husband responded.

The family further reflected on how the patient served as the “disc jockey” since she never played an instrument but supported them in this gift.

As the visit came to a close, the husband looked at me directly and stated, “You do play music; you play music in the care you provide here in the hospital.”

What music have you played lately?  How is the Lord using you as an instrument in His symphony of life?


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