years I’ve made a lot of hospital calls. With those who were in the hospital
for minor things (tests, minor surgery, etc.) I never paid much attention to
what lay around in the room. After all,
that person wasn’t going to be there for very long.
On the other
hand, when I went to the room of someone in serious condition (someone who was
facing long term disability or even death), I noticed a real difference.
Persons of faith usually had a Bible nearby, and often had devotional material
there as well. These I’ll simply call persons of completed faith. They knew
that they were going to need the basics for their faith.
had none of those things in their rooms. Sure, they had copies of “Better
Homes and Gardens” magazine; “Field and Stream;” or catalogs from
their favorite department stores. But a
Bible was nowhere in sight. They would mention that they had faith, even though
they rarely went to church or read their Bibles. They had no community of faith
but wanted you to know they were just as faithful as the next person. They
generally wanted a minister to come in and fill all the holes of their
incomplete faith. They were scared, anxious and even depressed, because when
faced by some of the terrible questions of life, they were woefully unprepared.
no judgments here. These are just my observations from 40 years of paying
attention to this phenomenon.
I praise God
that I feel prepared for those big, terrible questions of life because I have
prepared myself for them. If you are not prepared, please pick up the book and
look for a community of faith. Like mine.
– Dr. Rob
Liturgical Color: Green
Jeremiah 18:1‑11 and Psalm 139:1‑6, 13‑18
Deuteronomy 30:15‑20 and Psalm 1
Jeremiah 4:11‑12, 22‑28 and Psalm 14
Exodus 32:7‑14 and Psalm 51:1‑10
1 Timothy 1:12‑17
Numbers 21:4b‑9, Psalm 98:1‑5
1 Corinthians 1:18‑24
Jeremiah 8:18‑9:1 and Psalm 79:1‑9
Amos 8:4‑7 and Psalm 113
1 Timothy 2:1‑7
Jeremiah 32:1‑3, 6‑15; Psalm 91:1‑6, 14‑16
Amos 6:1a, 4‑7 and Psalm 146
1 Timothy 6:6‑19