Tribute To A Living Christ

Those eyes,  they get me every time!

Deep, blue, pained, loving.

The cries,

piercing the silence~ ~

long, loud, hurt, wanting!

She is testament to sacrifice ~

a living passion, a living Christ.

Suffering, long since serving her cause,

now a communion, a common goal!

Aged 94, a good long life ~

nailed now to her bed, a cross.

This pain she bears ~

physical, emotional, never-ending

for you, for me!

Joined with Christ ~

redemptive, healing.

All for one, one for all!

Those eyes, they get me every time!

Deep, blue, pained, loving,

teaching me, giving me hope!

“I have been put to death with Christ on the cross, so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me”  (Galatians 2: 19-20)


this is written in loving memory of a patient of our St. Paul of the Cross Monastery Manor. . .she was completely immobile and depended on the staff for her very life.  She had a colostomy and her arms and legs were forever bent.  She could not turn herself, she could not feed herself, she could not cover herself when she was cold or kick the blanket off when she was hot.  She could not even scratch her nose if it itched.

This woman spoke volumes to me without saying a word.  She taught me about redemptive suffering ~ a most powerful witness to Christ suffering in this world.  I was honored to be able to serve her.  She was Christ to me in that time and space.  I have met many more people like that in the years since.  I am grateful to God for the lessons given to me.

Sandy Ozanich ~ copyright 2012

9 thoughts on “Tribute To A Living Christ

    • I would be happy to expand on this post. . .but I do have a question. When I saw that you have a movie that can be downloaded or watched online, I want to be sure that my computer won’t be compromised in the process. In these days, you just can’t be too sure about downloaded something that you are unsure of.

      As far as my poem “Tribute to a Living Christ”, this woman was a patient of mine when I worked at a nursing home facility years ago. She was 94 yrs old and completely dependent on the staff for her every need. She was permanently “bent” in a fetal position. She needed us to even cover her when she was cold, feed her, etc. She couldn’t even speak very well. We did get to understand her after a while.

      I loved her. She portrayed to me what it must have been for Christ on the Cross. . .he was immobile, he was in pain, he was dependent. Christ, if he wanted, could have called on God his Father to send Angels to get him down and destroy everyone involved in his Crucifixion. Mary, the woman we cared for, could not. She was there for the duration. She did what she had to do. I call that kind of suffering, or any kind of suffering redemptive. I believe with my whole heart that when we give our pain, our anxiety, our angst at life back to the Lord, that suffering becomes redemptive. . .it helps others and it helps the person who offers it. It is a way to “expunge” (for lack of a better word) our sins and the sins of the world.

      I hope this helps.

      May you be blessed!

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