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{SFTH}  *Walking the Walk*  8/13/01

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Is there any job in the world more emotionally demanding
than being a nurse?  How about a nurse who works with the
terminally ill on the night shift?  SFTH favorite Irene Budzynski
shares another heart touching story with us today...
May this be the start to a wonderful week for all of you!
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Walking the Walk

By Irene Budzynski


The night shift had finally ended. It was one of the worst
nights I could remember in 10 years. No matter what I
had done, it didn't seem as if I had accomplished anything
of value. The hospital was unusually full, and the patients
especially needy. Eight hours weren't enough time to get
all my tasks completed, so I'd stayed an extra hour to
finish. I drove home crying in frustration, nerve fibers
stretched to maximum exhaustion.

Too tired to walk into the house, I sat on the front porch
well past the hour of dawn's coolness and rocked in the
wicker chair, oblivious to the weight-bearing heat on my
skin. Devoid of energy, there was nothing left for me to
do but to allow the sun's rays to warm me, wishing I was
one of those people who didn't get so emotionally involved
with my patients. I gripped the rounded curves of the
oversized arms and pushed myself back and forth,
chanting, "Why, why, why?" with the creaking rhythm.

My heart had been torn to shreds by a gentle giant
whose illness I couldn't stop, whose pain I couldn't
halt. Cancer had been invading his body cell by cell and
all the years of training and experience and all the magical
pills and potions couldn't stop it. Isaiah was dying. Nature
was taking its course, and man had no power to reverse it.

A look of wide-eyed surprise and stiffening of his body
were the only clues that he was suffering. He'd clutch
his stomach and call out, "Lord, take it away. Please,
Lord, take it away." The prescribed medication wasn't
touching the racking pain rolling in waves through his
system. Helplessly I gripped his hand and prayed aloud
with him until the bout of agony had ended. The night
crept along, second by second, as Isaiah waited for the
next attack to render him helpless, knowing that death
lurked in the shadows, ever vigilant.

When I turned him to his side to make him more
comfortable, swaddled with pillows, he squeezed my
fingers and repeated, "Oh, God is so good. God is so
good. Thank you, miss. Thank you."

When he had an episode of heavy bleeding from his
wounds, he was bathed, dressings were changed, and
his linens were replaced, but still he didn't complain.
When asked what could be done for him, he replied,
"I just want to sit and talk to my Master. I need to talk
to my Master right now."  He lay back, eyes closed,
and murmured prayers of worship.

During brief interludes of respite we held hands, patient
and nurse, the words spilling over from my heart. My
tears fell on my lap as I leaned over Isaiah to fix yet
another bleeding wound, reminded of someone else who
had suffered over 2,000 years ago. Had the women of
Jerusalem felt this same anguish? Had they railed about
their own impotence as did I?

I was the silent witness to Isaiah's Calvary. Nursing care
could temporarily beat back the discomfort, but he alone
would walk the final walk with God. To be in communion
with his Creator in preparation for their meeting was a
sacred rite that couldn't be trespassed upon by mere
mortals.

Before I left him to the care of the day shift, I tiptoed into
his room and kissed both his cheeks. Words were
unnecessary, but I wanted to open my heart.

"You are one of the bravest people I know, Isaiah. You
have every right to whine to God about your situation,
but, you pray for Him to be with you and to hold you in
His arms while you suffer. You have opened a window
for me and through it I have seen a glimpse of what it
must have been like for Jesus. You are my hero."

A tear rolled down his face and he gripped my hands.
"I am looking forward to seeing you in heaven."  Nodding
my head, I left his side.

Safe on my porch, I asked for forgiveness for all the times
I had complained about insignificant problems in my life,
for my doubting and questioning. Then I prayed for grace
to walk my walk with the same dignity and faith as did
Isaiah.  Rising from the chair, I felt the peace that comes
when one has witnessed the work of God, and I gave praise.

Irene Budzynski
irene_budd@yahoo.com

Write Irene and let her know what you thought of her story!
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Irene Budzynski (irene_budd@yahoo.com) is a
registered nurse on the East Coast who has written
for SFTH and Heartwarmers.

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From the E-mail Box!

Dear Michael, 
 I just read your story of the birth of your son Caleb.  What
a joy for me to remember the birth of my own daughter
some 27 years ago as I read your story.  So few men
are willing to share the emotions they feel at these most
precious times in our lives so your story was doubly
refreshing to me.  I have enjoyed every day, moment
really, of my daughter's life from the day of her birth to
this very day.  I recall all the people she has been, first
the small newborn, the toddler, the little girl, the big
girl, the teenager, the high school student, the college
student, and now the fine young wife and mother she
has become.  After delivering two still born babies she
has a young son (17 months) named Joshua, my very
first grandchild.  He is a chance for my wife and I to
enjoy it all over again, to see our daughter on the receiving
end of the kind of joy she has always given us and for
us, also, to once again be on the receiving end of the
wonders that a child brings into your life.  Just wanted to
thank you for your story and to give you one piece of
advice, albeit unsolicited.  Enjoy each and every
moment of each and every day with your
children, redeeming the time.  I know you will.
And finally, if you think being Daddy is fun, wait until
your Grandpa days get here! Wishing you and your
family well,
Fred
Marietta, Georgia
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Thought For The Day:

"It is better to give than to lend, and it costs about the same"
--Phillip Gibbs


Verse for the Day:

"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to
them without expecting to get anything back.  Then
your reward will be great." --Luke 6:35


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"It's more fun to ask questions than to answer them."


Parent's Thought For The Day

"If scientists can put a man on the moon, why can't
they figure out which kid hit the other first?"
--Bruce Lansky


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"Keep your mind and options open.  The lessons you
learn after you thought you knew everything may be
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"The meek shall inherit the earth, if that's OK with you."

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REQUESTS:

DEAR MICHAEL...
   THIS IS MY SECOND PRAYER REQUEST. MY COUSIN WAS IN THE ICU THIS FEB. PAST, AND YOUR PRAYER GROUP HELPED HER GET THRU IT. SHE WAS READMITTED FOR A WEEK TWO WEEKS AGO. SHE HAS A BAD LIVER AND A LOT OF OTHER PROBLEMS.  AFTER A WEEK IN ICU SHE WAS ONCE AGAIN LEFT TO COME HOME. SHE HAS BEEN HOME FOR ABOUT 2 WEEKS NOW, BUT SHE WON'T TALK TO ANYONE. NOT EVEN ME, AND SHE HAS STARTED DRINKING AGAIN, AND SHE WAS TOLD IF SHE DRANK, SHE WOULD BE DEAD BY CHRISTMAS! WE HAVE BEEN CLOSE SINCE WE WERE BORN. WE HAVE BEEN THRU SO MUCH TOGETHER, AND I WANT TO BE THERE FOR HER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO FOR HER. SO I AM WRITING AGAIN FOR YOUR
PRAYERS. THEY WORKED LAST TIME, SO I'M HOPING THAT THEY WILL ONCE AGAIN! WILL ALL OF YOUR READERS PLEASE PRAY FOR SHARON? SHE NEEDS YOUR PRAYERS VERY MUCH, AND SO DO I, FOR THE STRENGTH TO KEEP TRYING TO REACH HER, WHEN SHE KEEPS TURNING ME AWAY IN HER TIME OF NEED! I KNOW SHE NEEDS ME, LIKE I NEED HER IN MY LIFE. WE HAVE HELPED EACH OTHER THRU SO MANY HARD TIMES IN OUR LIVES. I
WANT TO BE BESIDE HER AS SHE GOES THRU WHAT MIGHT BE HER HARDEST TIME SHE HAS EVER FACED. I FEEL SHE HAS LOST THE WILL TO LIVE. I'M NOT IN VERY GOOD HEALTH MYSELF, AND IT IS SO FRUSTRATING, FEELING LIKE THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO TO HELP HER. SO WILL YOU PLEASE PUT THIS ON YOUR PRAYER LIST? WE ARE BOTH BELIEVERS OF GOD AND HIS MIRACLES HE CAN DO. PLEASE ... WISH HER THE WILL TO FIGHT THIS AND GIVE HER BACK HER WILL TO LIVE!
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO SEND HER WORDS OF INSPIRATION, FAITH, AND TO LET HER KNOW SHE ISN'T ALONE...YOU CAN SEND THEM TO ME AND I WILL PRINT THEM OUT AND GIVE THEM TO HER OR HER MOM WHO IS THE ONLY PERSON WHO SHE WILL SEE AT THIS TIME. THE EMAIL ADDRESS IS:
       Mothenature@webtv.net
THANK YOU FOR SUCH A PLACE TO GO IN OUR TIMES OF NEED FOR THAT EXTRA HELP WITH OUR LIVES, AND TO ASSURE EXTRA VOICES TO GOD!
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS MICHAEL. 
SINCERELY,
LAURIE BARRETT
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  _
/_/\/\    MICHAEL T. POWERS
\_\  /    THUNDER27@aol.com  
/_/  \    "For I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but
\_\/\ \   Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body I live for the Son
   \_\/   of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20 

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Thanks again!"
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