Split Gown

My father is Max E Smith. Those of you that read his devotions have learned that he is very punctual with his postings and I’m sure you have enjoyed each and every one of his devotional thoughts. However, at this time he is in the hospital. This past Thanksgiving weekend he became sick with chest pain. That led to a trip to the hosptial and evental angiplasty on Dec. 1 for three blocked arteries. However, before he went into surgery he asked me to “please put out my devotion”  He knew that he  had not been able to post before going in the hospital and wanted to make sure you received his thoughts. He is doing fine from his surgery but since he thought of you and this devotion I felt only fitting that I do what he asked.  He should be back posting himself next week.  Thus below you will find: SPLIT GOWN. I think you’ll find it quite apropos as of this writing he is wearing one of these.

Tim Smith


“I was sittin’ here mindin’ my business, kinda lettin’ my mind go slack, When in comes a nurse with a bright, sunny smile. And a gown that was split down the back. “Take a shower,” she said, “and get ready, and then jump into this sack.” What she was really talkin’ about was the gown with the split down the back. “They’re coming to do some tests,” she said.  They’re gonna stretch me out on a rack, with nothin’ twixt me and the cold, crccccuel world but a gown that’s split down the back.

It comes only to the knees in front, in the sides there is also a lack. But by far the greatest shortcoming is that bloomin’ split down the back. Whoever designed this garment, for humor had a great knack But I fail to see anything funny ’bout a gown that’s split down the back.

I hear them coming to get me, the wheels going clickety-clack. I’ll ride through the halls on a table, in a gown with a split down the back.

When I get to Heaven it’ll make me no odds if my robe is white, red, or black. The only thing I will ask is, “Please, give me one with no split down the back.”

I do not know who the author is of this bit of verse but I find it amusing, hilarious. Yet, we who have been in the hospital wearing this “gown with a split down the back” find it rather embarrassing. Maybe, I should say the experience is humbling.  The “gown with the split down the back” brings us all down to earth. It stripes us of our pride. It is too bad that it takes this “gown with the split down the back” to make us realize that we will all stand before God, naked, not even with a “gown with the split down the back.”

Nothing can we take with us when we go to meet God but in Jesus He will dress us in Heavenly Clothing and you can rest assured it will not be with the “gown with the split down the back.

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6 Responses to “Split Gown”

  1. Max, I just wanted to say, you continue to make me smile. I too have been through heart surgery, but only with God’s direction. I guess we still have something to do. Darlena and I think of you often.

    In God’s love, Mark

  2. Well as every one knows by now, Tim our oldest son put this out for his Dad. This is the one Max had chosen to put out the Sunday of Nov 30th. I know in all this, God has a sense of humor !! I told Max, “God is not through with you yet” It is a blessing that the doctors were able to help Max,with stents, and not open heart surgery !
    Thank you Tim , and thank you Max for planning to send this one this week Christmas is coming soon, Remember , “Jesus is the reason for the Season” Thank you Tim for your help . Love and Prayers, Joann

  3. Thank you Tim – you do your Dad proud. And, thanks my Friend Max. Guess it is selfish, but I’m thankful the Lord isn’t ready for you yet. Maybe it is because you mean so much to so many here.

    Our prayers are with you (and your family).

  4. I love this story / poem . . . shared it with our church seniors group. We’re praying for you!

  5. Prayers for a speedy recovery..and loved the split gown devotion!

  6. So glad that all is well. A speedy recovery is my prayer for you bro Max. And get into some comfortable clothes.

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