I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
It was eerie.
I walked the halls of a large hospital yesterday.
There weren’t any people in the halls save a lone employee now and then bustling along and keeping a distance.
No lines in the cafeteria.
No crowds waiting in front of the elevators doors.
No smells that I quickly realized I had come to expect when I do hospital visits.
The rooms, with few exceptions, were occupied by sick people.
I was there to pray with a goodly soul who wouldn’t live through the day.
I was wearing clergy garb.
It isn’t my preferred wardrobe but it helps get you where you need to go.
We talked and prayed and found our peace.
As I was leaving I was shocked when the elevator doors opened and a woman was standing there.
As I stepped in the elevator she skipped hello and how are you.
“Oh Reverend! I need you!”
Turns out she’d been allowed to visit her seriously ill husband and now she was on her way home.
She asked if we could return to his room and pray for him.
She had been praying just before the elevator doors opened that “the Lord would send some help.”
She got me.
So we arrived at the first floor and pushed the button to go back up.
I visited her husband who was very ill and very loved.
We prayed for each other.
When Inez and I parted ways on the first floor after our third ride on the same elevator I walked those quiet halls again.
This has happened with changing faces and places with amazing consistency over the years but yesterday was notable, again.
The halls weren’t quite as lonely as I walked them this time.
Seemed liked Someone was filling the space after all.
As our Friend and I were cranking up and loosening up for another day we’ve never ever seen before and will never ever see again I was telling him about how very startling it can be to walk in the spirit world. He smiled at me the way he does and said…