7 Don’t consider yourself wise. Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
8 Then your body will be healthy and your bones strengthened (Proverbs 3:7-8, Common English Bible).
I went and got my annual flu shot today. Getting a shot is not my favorite thing to do in life. I don’t know many people who would say they enjoy getting an injection. Being diabetic, shots are not an unusual part of my life. Still, I am very grateful for these things.
The first time I ever got a flu shot was when I was in the Navy. There was a bad flu bug going around and in the close quarters of the ship, they required all of us to get a flu shot. It was administered by one of those scary looking inoculation guns. And, I didn’t get the flu. I didn’t have a flu shot for several years and, more often than not, I got the flu.
When I entered the ministry I started getting flu shots again. I thought it was a good idea with as much time as a pastor spends in a hospital. I have been fortunate in that I don’t think I have had the flu since, as long as I took my flu shot.
My friend Rick is my primary care physician. He works hard to make sure I stay in at least reasonably good health. I am grateful he is part of my life too.
In a sermon I once heard the late Dr. Bill Hinson, formerly pastor at First United Methodist Church in Houston, he talked about four ways that God heals us. I am not going to go into all of them now, but I want to focus on the first. Dr. Hinson said, “Sometimes God heals us by sending us to the right doctor.
A few years ago I started developing some problems with vertigo. I went to my primary care physician (before I knew Rick). He tried a few things but ended up sending me to an ear, nose and throat specialist. He tried a few things too. He ended up sending me to yet another ENT who really specialized in inner ear disorders. It ended up being a chronic condition but because of medication today, it is manageable.
With some of the things I deal with, I am grateful for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals and the work they do. I have a difficult time imagining what life was like without them.
There is a sickness we all face and it is something my friend Rick cannot overcome, nor can anyone else. And as grateful as I am for modern medicine, it is actually old medicine that is the only cure. The sickness is sin and the old medicine that cures is God’s grace. But, what is more, it really is the best medication for our lives as a whole.
Modern medicine can do a great deal for me. It can make conditions that only a few years ago were debilitating at best, easy to live with, well at least easier than they were back in previous eras.
But, there is only medication that can help me overcome and give me eternal life. That medicine is about as old as the creation. It is God’s grace.
For modern medicine and the most ancient of medicines, I am grateful today. What are you grateful for today? Write it down in your journal and then share it with someone else. You may know what they need to hear.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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