Meridian Star

Religion

July 28, 2012

Reflection of faith: An angel of mercy

MERIDIAN —  Arriving at church today, with rain only just gone earlier that morning, wasn’t unusual as yet. My drop off complete and duties were to begin with the normal routine in the nursery. Completing the roles and readying for the next duty as usher, my position this day, to greet the fellowship as they arrived for the worship service.

    The service underway and singing of praise, the preacher takes his turn. The auditorium was cool for this hot July Sunday, but there still were the usual fanners, according to my wife, whom she calls them, and as she noticed, the exception of one unusual fanner.

    The preacher now a few minutes into his sermon, is getting warmed up too. That’s when the unusual fanner is being helped down the aisle to the rear of the church by a couple of our elder men.

    Only they get a short distance with her, the unusual fanner then seems to just melt out of their grasp, and down onto the floor. The preacher interrupts his message with a call for a nurse. Several of those Angels of Mercy were at the unusual fanner’s side in moments, and after what seemed to be the longest of time — I’m sure checking the vitals — it happened. She, the unusual fanner, needed CPR and one of those Angels of Mercy sprang into action to administer that procedure.   

    The preacher calls for the congregation to pray. As time stood still, audible cries could be heard from many of those around me. Doing that which my mother told me not to do, when she would take me to church as a child, I lifted my head and turned a little and looked over my shoulder to peer in the direction of the Angels of Mercy, only to see one performing the CPR techniques.

    I had seen and had been instructed in the techniques on a training aid years earlier. It didn’t look like I had remembered. Like Mother said, I should not have looked.

    This Angel of Mercy was working feverishly, and with such determination, concentration and trained to the task, the harsh realization rushed over me, only to barely catch myself from making what would have been a loud gasp. And now it’s too late, I cannot turn away.

    Time is standing still again; the Angel of Mercy is still working on the unusual fanner, then again it happens, that near audible gasp during the deep breath I took, when the Angel of Mercy stopped with the procedure; that unforgettable look on the Angel's face I will always have in my minds eye, a slight tilt of her head, and success. It had worked, the unusual fanner was coming around to the relief of everyone. In a moment, the unusual fanner in a wheelchair was rolled to the lobby to await the ambulance.

    The Preacher prayed to the miracle and continued again with his message, to which I was unable to devote my full attention, as a somber stillness came over me reflecting on what I had witnessed, the welling up of tears for some reason.

    My mood didn’t change much through the rest of the service, as I had to speak to that Angel of Mercy, to let her know, with a hug, a lump in my throat and the holding back of tears, and after the service, I finally got to say, "Hey girl! You Rock!"

    The Angel of Mercy’s response to me: “Who do you want around when you get in trouble?” Well, with reflection, no doubt, An Angel of Mercy. You rock!

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