Living In The Moment
Daily Devotional Series - Day 13
Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:7-8
Fear was written all over his face. He had reached the end of his life and had nothing to show for it but fear. I had been walking through the hospital corridor on a routine visit. Back then I was wearing the uniform of a pastor–the black shirt and white collar. A nurse pulled me aside and said, “Father, there is a man here who really needs prayer.” I followed on her into a private room. She introduced me to the man and quickly stepped out. He looked at me and said, “She hates us, you know. They all hate us.” Stunning comment given that she had grabbed a “priest” for him. I realized he said that because she was African American and he was white. He then shared with me how “they had taken over” his city. I reminded him that is was her that called me in for him. He said, “I don’t believe that stuff. We’re all just like dogs. We die. Then nothing.” We talked for a little bit. He shared that one year he made around $800k from his roofing and siding business. He had a smug look like I should have been impressed. He never mentioned his family. I asked him if I could pray for him and he declined. Then I offered to say the Lord’s Prayer and that is when the fear showed up on his face.
I wish I could say that there was a great conversion moment. I also can’t say I know what happened after I left. I just have an example of someone leaning their ladder to success on the wrong building only to get to the top and realize their mistake.
Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:
There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.