Just Stay

We’ve all heard that everything happens for a reason.

I think the universe is perfectly designed in such a way that there is no encounter and no experience that is an accident. And, even more amazing than that. That there is a blessing in every moment, no matter what it looks like at the time. God is working His magic in our lives every second of every day.

I normally write original content for my blog, but today I just had to share this story that I received in an email. In my searches, I could not find who wrote it or whose story it actually is. It is so powerful in its message of blessing that I could not resist sharing it with you.

Just Stay

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. ”Your son is here,” she said to the old man.
She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength.
Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.

He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious to her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.

”Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.
”No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

”Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

”I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.
I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this gentleman’s name?
The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, Mr. William Grey………….

The next time someone needs you … just be there. Just stay.


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8 Responses to “Just Stay”

  1. janedb Says:

    What a caring marine, thank you sharing this

  2. Suzy Que Says:

    What a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing. I completely agree that there are no accidents and there is a blessing in every moment. My post today has the same message.
    Most days the posts before mine are all business related, today I prayed I would find the posts that have a deep message. How awesome to find yours.
    Dropping by from UBC.

  3. Audrey Knight Says:

    What a wonderful story,THanks for shairng with us!
    Have a great day!

  4. Teressa Campbell Says:

    I have read that story a couple of times and love it every time. Thank you for sharing it!

    • dinadove Says:

      Teressa, Yes, it is one of those special stories that, rereading, you remember how important the simple act of ‘just being there is.’ Thanks for commenting.

  5. The Empowering Love Project Says:

    That was a great story. I love your site. Where did you find that story?

    • dinadove Says:

      Maria, I think I may have read it on Facebook. It has been several years ago. It was so special that I saved it. As I said in the post, I looked to try to find the author, but I never could. Dina

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