Does anyone really care about you?
Gene Henderson, the editor of a publishing house, says, “YES!” After the first three weeks of school at the University of Pennsylvania, Gene became convinced that he was not where he should be at that time. With no one within half a continent to hear his frustrations and discouragement, Gene determined to end his life. He headed for the Market Street Bridge in downtown Philadelphia. His goal was to drown himself in the Schuylkill River.
Before jumping Gene prayed one last time giving God an ultimatum that basically said, “I’m going to jump. Stop me, God, or it’s all your fault.”
To bring closure to his life Gene decided he should read something. All he had with him was a small New Testament in his pocket. Looking for a verse to read, Gene kept thinking of what had been drilled into his head that week at school. He was “Pennsylvania, Class of 69.” So Gene turned to the only book in the Bible he knew of with that many chapters and read Psalm 69:
“Save me O God for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the many depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. . .Rescue me from the mire, do not let me sink…Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up. . .Do not hide your face from your servant; answer me quickly, for I am in trouble” (vv. 14-17).
Gene grabbed a hold of the lifeline, which came from God. Gene was about to drown, and God threw him a rope.
Yes, someone really does care about you. Just ask Gene Henderson.
(Courtesy of Pastoral Care, Baptist Health System)