Let It Be
“Modern medicine has become an exercise in doing, while healing is mainly a matter of being.” Larry Dossey, M.D.
Disease in an inevitable part of life. Unless Jesus returns first, each one of us is appointed a time to die. Some of us may die quickly and without warning, but statistically speaking, most of us die of infirmity, or old age.
The question I am often asked as a chaplain is, “Will I be cured?”
A better question may be, “Will I be healed?”
Today a patient told me that her husband had died from cancer, but prior to his death, he wanted to be baptized. He had attended worship with his wife for years, but had never taken this public step. The hospital officially said no, but among the staff were those sympathetic to their need. They filled a large whirlpool with warm water, told the family where it was, and disappeared from the scene. Four strapping grandsons picked the patient up by the four corners of his bed sheet, carried him to the rehab room, and lowered him into the waters.
“This old railroad man is going to heaven,” he exclaimed rising from the makeshift baptistry. A few hours later, he breathed his last.
Now, was this patient cured? No, but he was healed. The real heroes at the hospital were not the doctors, but the staff willing to be present for the family, and listen to their spiritual needs. It took caring and compassion.
You can’t fix death, but you can help others toward healing.