March 1st – Hinterland



I’m sure I read in the papers about that young man who was on a life support machine for over six months and the doctors had given up as being brain dead. As his mother flung herself over him when the staff were about to pull the plug – the man awakened and said he knew what had been going on all around him all along.

He had thought he was joining in but was not aware that he was not communicating with anyone around. He had been awake and aware, but outwardly in a persistent vegetative state for six months. I have always been uneasy at the bedside of any person in a coma, especially when the relations have been told that the patient was slipping away and aware of nothing, and when they were discussing the comatosed person as if he were not there, even his funeral arrangements, even his Will! Then before leaving, I have prayed with the patient, holding his or her hand, and at the end of the prayer, the seeming corpse clearly joined me in a loud ‘Amen’, and even squeezed my hand.

What I am saying is that we do not always know where the dividing line is between being asleep and awake, between aware and unaware, even twixt life and death, for there is a lady going about her normal life right now, who was officially pronounced dead, and taken to a mortuary. Hours later she was discovered by the undertaker to be breathing and very much alive. She was home in a week.

There is also that chilling ending to the Dylan Thomas story called “The Visitor”. “Rhianon, hold my hand” he said. She did not hear him, but stood over his bed and fixed him with an unbreakable sorrow. “Hold my hand” he said. And then, “Why are you putting that sheet over my face?”

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there: if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise up on wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139: 7-10
A Prayer: Lord God, when we do walk in the valley of the shadow of death with no human companion, grant us to fear no evil, for thou art with us.

Now read Psalm 6.

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