Month: June 2016

Don’t Fret When Terrorism Comes!

Don’t Fret When Terrorism Comes!

I am not sure what the next course of action is in this tumultuous time that we live in. I came across Psalm 37 and it seemed fitting. Commit your way to the Lord! Trust in Him!

Psalm 37 – By David.

1 Do not fret when wicked men seem to succeed!
Do not envy evildoers!
2 For they will quickly dry up like grass,
and wither away like plants.
Trust in the Lord and do what is right!
Settle in the land and maintain your integrity!
4 Then you will take delight in the Lord,
and He will answer your prayers.
Commit your future to the Lord!
Trust in Him, and He will act on your behalf.
He will vindicate you in broad daylight,
and publicly defend your just cause.
Wait patiently for the Lord!
Wait confidently for Him!
Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner,
a man who carries out wicked schemes!
Do not be angry and frustrated!
Do not fret! That only leads to trouble!
9 Wicked men will be wiped out,
but those who rely on the Lord are the ones who will possess the land.
10 Evil men will soon disappear;
you will stare at the spot where they once were, but they will be gone.
11 But the oppressed will possess the land
and enjoy great prosperity.
12 Evil men plot against the godly
and viciously attack them.
13 The Lord laughs in disgust at them,
for he knows that their day is coming.
14 Evil men draw their swords
and prepare their bows,
to bring down the oppressed and needy,
and to slaughter those who are godly.
15 Their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 The little bit that a godly man owns is better than
the wealth of many evil men,
17 for evil men will lose their power,
but the Lord sustains the godly.
18 The Lord watches over the innocent day by day
and they possess a permanent inheritance.
19 They will not be ashamed when hard times come;
when famine comes they will have enough to eat.
20 But evil men will die;
the Lord’s enemies will be incinerated –
they will go up in smoke.
21 Evil men borrow, but do not repay their debt,
but the godly show compassion and are generous.
22 Surely those favored by the Lord will possess the land,
but those rejected by him will be wiped out.
23 The Lord grants success to the one
whose behavior He finds commendable.
24 Even if he trips, he will not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds his hand.
25 I was once young, now I am old.
I have never seen a godly man abandoned,
or his children forced to search for food.
26 All day long he shows compassion and lends to others,
and his children are blessed.
27 Turn away from evil! Do what is right!
Then you will enjoy lasting security.
28 For the Lord promotes justice,
and never abandons His faithful followers.
They are permanently secure,
but the children of evil men are wiped out.
29 The godly will possess the land
and will dwell in it permanently.
30 The godly speak wise words
and promote justice.
31 The law of their God controls their thinking;
their feet do not slip.
32 Evil men set an ambush for the godly
and try to kill them.
33 But the Lord does not surrender the godly,
or allow them to be condemned in a court of law.
34 Rely on the Lord! Obey His commands!
Then He will permit you to possess the land;
you will see the demise of evil men.
35 I have seen ruthless evil men
growing in influence, like a green tree grows in its native soil.
36 But then one passes by, and suddenly they have disappeared!
I looked for them, but they could not be found.
37 Take note of the one who has integrity! Observe the godly!
For the one who promotes peace has a future.
38 Sinful rebels are totally destroyed;
evil men have no future.
39 But the Lord delivers the godly;
He protects them in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and rescues them;
He rescues them from evil men and delivers them,
for they seek His protection.

May God watch over you wherever you are! Commit your path to Him! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your soul!  I can only attest that He has always brought me through.  When there seems to be no hope in a hopeless world, trust in Him!

(Picture: Raft of Medusa by Jean Louis Theodore Gericault)

2016 EM Convocation Invocation


Thank you for asking me to do the invocation. Now, that you are almost finished, let me take a moment to ask you to never forget why you chose this noble profession of medicine. Don’t lose sight of your purpose as a physician. T.S. Eliot so eloquently put it, “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” Keep focused on your mission to heal others and comfort them in their time of need. Guard this profession with integrity with your goal being that at the end of your life you can hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Proverbs 2 says this,

1 My child , if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,

2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;

3 For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;

4 If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.

6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

8 Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.

9 Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.

10 For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;

11 Discretion will guard you, (and)
Understanding will watch over you.

Let us pray together:

Heavenly Father! Watch over these young men and women as they move on in this profession of medicine! Thank you for bringing them this far through many trials and tribulations! Bless their eyes that they may see the problems that their patients face. Bless their ears to listen attentively to their staff and those around them. Bless their mouths that that they may give sound instruction and comforting words! Bless their feet that they may go quickly to those in distress. Bless their hands that they may heal those who desperately need them. Most importantly bless their minds that they may know Your purpose for them! Fill their heart with courage and endurance to carry on when there seems to be no hope! And when they complete their tasks, let them be joyful and satisfied; knowing that true healing comes only from You! Thank you for this meal. Bless each one gathered here to celebrate the hard-work of these physicians! We ask all these things in Jesus name!  Amen