Tuesday, July 8, 2014


(Names in this story have been changed)
Sam was looking so worn out. 

His wife Sally while waiting for hip replacement was being pushed by Sam in her wheel chair.

Weeks went by, the surgery came and went and after what should have been recovery, there she was still in her wheel chair being moved ahead by her husband.

Therapy came and she was instructed to use her walker and exercise those legs.  For what ever reason, she did use the walker for a time, but soon reverted back to her wheel chair.

One day I spoke to Sam, and told him that he was a good care giver.  He huffed and in exasperation said, “I am so tired and I need someone to take care of me.”

A few weeks later Sam was in the hospital and they were trying to find out what was wrong.  The Doctor said they decided to keep him longer for tests and try to help him.

I knew what the problem was - - Sam was sick and tired of pushing that wheel chair and the truth was, Sam just wanted to die. 

Sam finally was released from the hospital, and it was good to see them both again.  Yes, Sally was still in her wheel chair.

I knew it was time for me to give a word of wisdom to Sam, and God had shown me how to be gentle yet firm.

Sam was talking with some others and was not sitting with his wife, so when the opportunity came, I went to him and told him I was very glad to see him out of the hospital. 

Then I said, “Sam I want to remind you of something the Apostle Paul once said?  It was this; I am tired, and I would like to go to heaven, BUT it is important that I stay with you all, for I am needed here.”

Sam looked at me and said, “Thank you.”  I believe he got the message because we need both him and Sally to stay with us for awhile longer.

If you are tired, please pray for strength, because we need you here too!



  1. Yes, there are so many who have grown weary because of immense burdens. It is our job to pray and encourage them along the journey. Thanks for sharing this story. Stopping by from Unite Linkup.

  2. Been there myself..."they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..." good post! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

  3. Good word, sister! That really is love in action, Hazel. If you didn't truly care you'd have not said a word. Good for you, this is a good lesson for all of us.

  4. Sam was thanking a courageous wise hearted woman. You look for the right opportunity and gave loving words of wisdom and a heart was lifted. Bless you Hazel, you are a great example for us all.

  5. Very encouraging, Hazel. I've been so weary at times this year. Especially with all that's gone on since my father died. But, each day when I wake up (even if I'm less-than-enthused), I figure God has a reason and a purpose for me being here!


  6. Some days we just need that extra little push from someone who loves us and from the word of God! Thanks for sharing this story with us at Testimony Tuesday!


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