Thoughts from a Hospice Professional

 In light of the New Year I have been in a reflective mode lately.  I’m not one given to resolutions and yet after three years of working with hospice patients my priorities have been forever changed…


I am haunted tonight by the voices of dying patients with “if only” falling in gasps of brokenness from their lips, the remnants of shattered relationships breaking their already wounded hearts.  It is in my profound grief for them and others like them who will surely follow, that I am recommitted to this conviction:  I will never find myself in that same position.  Yes, I will die.  But not with regrets.  I will live my life fully and on purpose.  Each new day God gifts to me will be humbly greeted in gratitude to my Creator.  I pledge anew to wholly express His goodness to me, never hesitating to share that goodness when opportunity whispers it’s name or shouts into my soul…I will extend the hand of God…I will love with abandon…I will hold loosely those treasures He bestows…”