Sadness and Gratitude
It was apparent that the man was in need of some sort of help whether the chest pains were real or not.
I called 911 and the EMTs were on the scene within minutes. They examined him and started a line. They got him on a gurney and put a mask on him. He was out the door within minutes.
I was surprised at how cool and calm I was. However, memories of all sorts flooded through me. Twentyone years ago I stopped drinking.
Had it not been for the grace of God and many of his helpers, the man on the gurney could have been me. I too could be heading to a hospital for the xth time. I too could be slowly dying. I too could be without hope.
But instead of being hauled off on a gurney, I am here to celebrate the beginning of life of my grandchild.
It's just one of those days.
God grant me the sernity to accept the things I can not change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.