Monday, 19 December 2011

Act of Kindness !!

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 of 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............."

    • Michael West Serve where there is a will, asking for no reward, for Spirit is reward, breathing through, running through like electricity, O Beloved, my tears are of joy, upon seeing the life divine in others, O Beloved, I sing to you upon the winds, upon the waters, blessed is life.
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    • Anna Novikov · Friends with Jim Cole and 1 other
      LIfe moves in mysterious ways ♥
      August 25 at 9:15pm ·  ·  2

    • Metha Buysman · Friends with Noor Hussain and 9 others
      so very touching and ful of love, this story, beautiful,,,thank you Jawaid :-))
      August 25 at 11:04pm ·  ·  1

    • Anja Malsch · Friends with Jim Cole and 3 others
      sad and wonderful at the same time- so touching
      August 26 at 2:56am ·  ·  1

    • Emily-Milli Andrew So touching...thank you
      August 26 at 5:22am ·  ·  1

    • Cairo-Egypt SoulSayer Beautiful....
      Love in its Perfection... ♥

      August 26 at 1:22pm ·  ·  1

    • Cairo-Egypt SoulSayer Thank YOU Jawaid...I shared it on my other fb wall :)
      August 26 at 1:26pm ·  ·  1

    • Hilde Ikke · Friends with Henk Lütter and 1 other
      a touching story, and also sad...wonderful, thanks for add dear friend have a nice friday, enjoy ♥
      August 26 at 1:33pm ·  ·  1

    • Lavinia Mcnamara Very touching story but beauitful there is nothing better then having your family around when needed. Thank you 4 sharing the story .........xx
      September 30 at 10:33pm ·  ·  1

    • Dennis Hamilton WOW. Wow.
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    • Socorro Nunes Between here and HEAVENS is much more them we thinking ,I am without words ♥ !~
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