THE HOSPITAL WINDOW
by Harry Buschman
The nurse shook her head sadly and answered his questions with a shake of her head, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you and make you happy. You see, your roommate was totally blind”.
There is an amazing and overflowing happiness we can feel in making others happy, despite our own situations. This story above, although changed appropriately for this article, makes us realize that sometimes we can take things for granted. This patient near the window wanted to give instead of receiving. The bible says ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35) It lifts our spirits and we are able to pull ourselves up from our own misery by giving joy to someone else. So often we look at others and envy what they have, just like the jealous and selfish man in the hospital room. In that envy he allowed his friend to die so he could experience first hand the beautiful view his friend described whenever he looked through the window.