Good People Earn Easy Deaths – Dying in a Culture of Meritocracy

“Why would God do this to me?”  My elderly hospice patient greeted me with this question as I walked into her sunny room one spring afternoon.  She repeated these same words to me several times during each of my weekly visits.  I do not think she expected an answer from me, because she always continued on with her reasoning:  “I worked for the church my entire life, and this is what I get?  Everything hurts.  I am all alone.  I cannot believe that God would repay me in this way.”  I gently stroked her wrinkled hand and tried to comfort […]