Saturday, October 10, 2009
of hospital ethics panels, noting that “every day, in a hospital
somewhere,” such groups are “called in to help people make the
choices of a lifetime.”
Ethics committees, the article notes, have “worked in US hospitals for nearly two decades.” Hospital Ethicist Dawn Seery observes that “only 25 percent of Americans have advance directives,” adding that the “sticking points” of such decisions “are almost never cost or insurance” but culture and religion, which influence “every decision about health, illness, disease and care.”
I have found that it is always best if people decide in advance how they want their personal end of life issues to be taken care of. And not leave it to family members who may not know what you would have wanted. Melanie and I have made our advance directives and our daughters have copies of them.
Do you have your advance directives made out and do the important people in your family have copies? If you are over eighteen you need to take care of this issue ASAP. Let you voice be known now so that if you can not speak for yourself later your loved ones will know how to handle the situation.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
In Genesis chapter 37 the brothers of Joseph were convinced that their younger brother was their father’s favorite child. Their jealousy reached a destructive point and they were willing to beat him and sell Joseph as a slave. They then faked his death to be rid of him and their feelings of jealousy forever.
Their feelings of jealousy were replaced by feelings of remorse and guilt for what they had done to both Joseph and their father. The green eyed monster of jealousy over ruled love, family and common sense. It is easy for us to become jealous of another’s good fortune and dive into “Oh woe is me” and forget our highest moral values in a moment of self loathing. When we become jealous of someone else we forget how much God loves us just as we are. That is a time when evil creeps into our lives and we are capable of creating a lot of pain for others and ourselves as well,
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
When I was a very young pastor I served a church that had an annual bazaar to raise money for the building fund. That year things did not go well and the event did good to break even. The Sunday after I was walking down the hallway heading for the sanctuary when one of the women stopped me and said, “Pastor this is all your fault! If you had done more with publicity more people would have come to the bazaar.” Then she turned and stormed off.
I was stunned and then I was angry. How dare she lay that on me? I was not responsible for the bazaar publicity. My temper sometimes scares me so I keep it under tight control but I was about to loose it. I entered the sanctuary to set up the pulpit for worship. I opened my bible but it fell open to a different verse than I was going to use.
It was Luke 23:34 where Jesus was dying on the cross and said, “Father, forgive then; for they do not know what they are doing.” Guess who was talking directly to me about my anger? Jesus was asking God to forgive those who were killing him. I stopped and prayed for God to forgive me and I forgave that woman in the hall. I learned an important lesson that day.