When Queens, New York, resident Mike Gitelson was diagnosed with acute myeloid anemia in 2011, treatment required heavy doses of chemotherapy. His wife, Eileen Lopez, asked a friend with connections to the Mets if he could get a team member to call Mike, who was a diehard fan. The caller would be All-Star knuckleball pitcher, R.A. Dickey.
Dickey invited the couple to a Mets game in June. They got a tour of Citi Field—and conversation time as well. As reported by Wayne Coffey in the Daily News, “[Gitelson] liked that Dickey said he’d pray for him, and even though Gitelson was not at all religious, he was open to people praying for him.”
Said Dickey: “He was having some trouble, and I just tried to engage with him. I wanted to be in the moment with him.”
When you spend time with a person who’s suffering, be in the moment with them. That simple act can produce a lot of joy.
Comfort My people, says your God. (Isaiah 40:1)
Help me truly listen to others, Divine Savior.