Comfort Care

We have a status in our hospital which we call Comfort Care, which essentially means to keep a patient comfortable while they are in the dying process. I know, probably a little too morbid for a Friday morning. You are just starting your day. You need a bit more encourage than that, am I right? I mean, you are probably not reading this to feel worse, or ponder the meaning of life so deeply that you forget why you are living. Well, ok.

This thought occurred to me this morning because this verse is talking about the care that God shared with us when we are filled with cares and anxieties. I think there is a hopelessness and defeatism in this world that we struggle with as Christians. We have to make hard moral choices, especially in healthcare, that we may not agree with personally, but policy and protocol say different. We experience what I have heard termed, “Moral Injury”, and we suffer incongruity. One the one hand we believe one thing, but must do something else contrary to it in order to be employed or continue to be an influence. I cannot sit here and tell you what the answer is. As a Christian healthcare provider, you may refuse to perform abortions, and I hope you do, but you must provide your patients with all the information about pregnancy options, which includes abortion. As a Healthcare Chaplain, you may see someone in spiritual pain, but you are not allowed to advocate for a particular faith unless the patient asks the question. A Chaplain who has been called by his God to preach the gospel and tell others about Jesus is not allowed to evangelize. That’s a moral quandary. But I can sweeten my tongue with the Word, and be loving and kind and compassionate, and draw deeply from the Well that is deeper than me to help me love when I am exhausted.

I can’t tell you how to live or offer specific advice. Christians living in the world have to make tough decisions when it comes to morality. But nothing is worth your eternal soul. Remember that. Keep your eternal perspective ever before you. Don’t let the enemy wear you down and make you forget whose you are.

God bless you on a Friday!

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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