Now these are the last words of David. — 2 Samuel 23:1a.
I consider myself fortunate to have been with both my mother and father when they passed. Dad struggled those last hours and he couldn’t speak, but right before the end, a calm came over all his body and he squeezed my hand. My mother also struggled spending the last days on a ventilator until it was decided to take her off, but in the end she looked at my sisters and me and said, “I’m going home,” and smiled.
When I read today’s scripture, I thought of them both and my good fortune to be with them and witness the peace that settled on both at the end. One of the great tragedies of this terrible virus is that too many families can’t be with their loved ones at the end. Perhaps, the greater tragedy is that now such lonely passings are totally preventable.
God will call us home one day, let’s not speed up the process.