Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Going to the Hospital?
We do not currently have anyone in the hospital. Since this rarely happens, I am concerned that we may very well have someone in the hospital but I am not aware of their admittance.
One of the consequences of the laws passed to protect hospital patients' rights to privacy is that the hospitals do not routinely let congregations know when their members are hospitalized. While hospital chaplains will sometimes give parish pastors a call, this is infrequent and not a reliable means of learning this information. Consequently, I invite you to give me a call if you are going to be hospitalized or if you discover that one of our members has been hospitalized (I always protect my sources). It is my pleasure to visit our members when they are in the hospital - to share God's Word, prayer, and the Lord's Supper with them. Additionally, if you are going to have surgery - whether it is inpatient or outpatient - please let me know, as I would love to come to the hospital and pray with you prior to your procedure. Over the years I have needed to leave my house at 3:30-4:00 a.m. a number of times in order to carry out this service and it was my good pleasure to do so - and so please do not worry that your surgery is too early for me to meet with you at the hospital on the morning of your procedure. I typically arrive 20 to 30 minutes after the time when the patient is instructed to report to the surgical unit, and this allows me an opportunity to share Scripture and pray with the person at a time when they are simply waiting for nurses and anesthesiologists to look in on them. God hears our prayers and His Word comforts us, and so it is very important to me to offer these gifts of God at such times. Please feel encouraged to call me on my cell phone (day or night) if I may be of service to you. May our good Lord bless you in every time of need.
In Christ Jesus,