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  • Writer's pictureJamie Holden

May 29, 2022

May 29, 2022

A Chiropractor's Calling

It was the worst night of our lives. One minute we were laughing with our Mom, and the next, she collapsed and died without warning. Having been shuffled out of the room by the EMTs, Adessa called Mom’s long-time doctor, Gerry Dincher. Over the years, he went above and beyond taking care of Mom, helping her deal with very severe environmental allergies, and giving her the treatment she needed. He often came in at night or on the weekend to help open her lungs when they were shutting down or help control her vertigo. When the insurance company deemed chiropractic care “unnecessary,” he saw her and us at a reduced cash rate so she could still get the care she needed.

We always knew he was a good man, but I came to admire him in new ways that night. Knowing the difficult situation we’d been living in with our Dad, and how close we were to our Mom, he did something that night that changed our lives. It was 6 pm when Adessa called him. He’d just put in a full day of seeing patients and had to be tired. Still, he drove two hours in one of the worst storms I can remember to meet us at the hospital.

That night, he drove us home and tried to speak words of comfort and hope to our devastated hearts. The two things I remember most are that he rolled up the sleeves on his dress shirt and washed our dishes before the relatives came, and he cleaned up all of the mess the EMTs left so we wouldn’t have to see it.

He helped us through the funeral, and over the next few years, he was there for us every time we needed someone to step into the advisor role. I don’t know how we would have made it through that time without him. He was a God-send, stepping into a situation where he had no obligation and showing love and direction as we walked through this difficult time.

This isn’t just something he did for us. He’s quietly helped so many people taking on the role of servant, helper, and advisor over the years. It’s just who he is.

A few years ago, he went through his own personal tragedy when one of his sons suddenly died in his early thirties. It was a heartbreaking time for his whole family. Even though I know it broke his heart, he did not turn away from God as many others have in similar situations. Instead, he continued being who he is: a man of faith and conviction who loves God, loves his family, and does what he can to show love to people.

While most will never know his name, he has changed so many lives by getting up every day and exemplifying what it means to be a man of God—through good times and bad—ride or die.

I’m grateful to know him. He’s a truly ride or die man of God.

By: Jamie Holden, Mantour Ministries

Today’s Scripture: Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 3:13, NIV)

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