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Friday, October 10, 2008

I'm Back!

I’m back. Well, not entirely. I am still struggling with an affliction that has kept me confined to quarters for more than a week, except for two doctor visits and a 4-½ hour Emergency visit. I will spare you the details of my condition. Suffice is to say I am beginning to recover.

During the Emergency experience in Room 14, I saw a stark difference in the way two medical personnel related to me. The doctor in charge showed no empathy. Perhaps his frequent encounters with suffering patients had drained his compassion. On the other hand, a male nurse demonstrated empathy. His compassion brought him back to Room 14 several times to check on my condition and to offer me a glass of water and comforting words. The doctor never returned after checking me in.

None of us can escape physical distress, but in our times of affliction we can be grateful for good medical care and, more importantly, for the fact that God cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). As for compassion, God’s compassion is boundless (Psalm 86:15). Such compassion prompts me—and you too—to say, “In the day of my trouble I will call upon You. For You will answer me” (v. 7).

I anticipate a full recovery and the opportunity to resume my pastoral ministry in November.

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