The Mysterious Nurse; What We Talk About When We Talk About God

I’m reading through Rob Bell’s new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God and absolutely loved this story so thought I would share it with everyone. 

“A few years ago I was speaking in that fine city (Boston), and afterward a woman told me about the time she had been in the hospital for ongoing cancer treatment, lying in bed thinking that she wasn’t going to make it.  She remembers being lower than she’d ever been before, filled with despair, wondering if she was going to die soon, when the night-shift nurse entered her room and began to lovingly care for her.  Throughout the night the nurse returned repeatedly, checking on her and calming her and reassuring her and speaking to her in a way that lifted her entire being and gave her hope.  In the morning, she woke up feeling like a different person.  She then asked the morning nurse for the name of the woman who had been caring for her, giving a detailed description. 

The nurse said that no one who fit that description worked on that floor of the hospital, not to mention the night before in this woman’s room.  What do you do with that story?” 

— Rob Bell, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, pg. 77-78.

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