The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



I hope my doctor calls on whatever spiritual resources he has for himself and his patients. I know that I pray for my doctor. However, praying together is an intimate activity best left out of this relationship. Most doctors don't have time for it and don't know their patients well enough for that level of trust. I prefer spiritual help from my pastor and church.

Valarie Brown
St. James Lutheran Church, Portland, Ore.

It's wonderful if individuals can pray with their physicians, nurses and other caregivers. We expect medical professionals to be perfect, god-like. The act of prayer acknowledges that only God is able to heal. This frees health-care workers to use their gifts for others. As a long-term care and medical-surgical nurse, I've prayed with patients at their request. It's probably the most important thing I do at work.

Susan B. Janicke
Hegre Lutheran Church, Kenyon, Minn.
My family physicians always offer to pray with me. I had not encountered this in other areas of the country where I've lived, but it is most welcome. It shows the human side of the physician. It was humbling to listen as the physician placed his hand on my shoulder and called on God to heal me.

Mark Hoffman
Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rothsville, Pa.


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