The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Chaplain at the crossroads

'Every day I see patients' faith providing comfort, strength and hope'

I am a hospital chaplain. My "parish" is a large, urban trauma center. My parishioners are the patients, their families and the hospital staff. I stand each day at the intersection of faith and health.

It's been a onely intersection. Since the scientific revolution, medicine has accepted only that which can be proved by empirical study and hasn't concerned itself with religious faith or spirituality. But scientific evidence is increasing for the positive impact of religious faith and prayer on physical health(see The faith factor). I appreciate the validation of the importance of patients' faith and the work of chaplains because daily I see them providing comfort, strength and hope.

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