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Renae Brumbaugh

Last year, my family spent time in the ICU with my dad. He’s home and recovering nicely, thanks for asking. But while there, I learned the top ten most interesting things about hospital life, and I’d like to share them with you:

10. Starbucks coffee is the nectar of the gods.

9. Spending more than two days without leaving the hospital is a great excuse to run up to the mall and buy a new outfit. Trust me. Others will thank you for it.

8. If you have toothpaste but no toothbrush, a finger works almost as well.

7. If you go to the hospital cafeteria often enough, they’ll start giving you the employee discount.

6. See #10.

5. Be sweet to the nurses. They have access to coffee, pillows, blankets, and other life-sustaining goodies.

4. You can read the same magazine 20 times and learn something new every time.

3. Nurses typically have extreme personalities. The sweet ones are really sweet. The mean ones are downright scary.

2. Don’t sit on the ICU bed unless you want everyone in the room to know what you weigh.

1. Compassion is a very good thing.

It’s not any fun watching someone you love suffer, and sometimes, when we’re going through something like that, we can question God’s goodness. But God is always good, in spite of the fact that we live in a fallen, broken world that’s full of sickness and disease and crime and natural disasters and all sorts of other bad things.

He demonstrates His goodness every time another person shows they care. And He works through us, every time we show kindness to others. Sometimes God moves mountains and works miracles, but most often, He makes His presence known through ordinary people like you and me, as we do what we can to share His love.

In a way, we all spend time in God’s ICU every day, for His care for us really is intensive. And honestly, God’s ICU. isn’t really a bad place to be, at all.

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