Give Honor Where Honor is Due

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…   (Psalm 103:2-3)

One passage in the Scriptures which praises the medical profession is Sirach 38.   Since today I’m scheduled to undergo a lobectomy (lung resection) to remove a malignant tumor, I thought it might be a good day to honor those professionals who will be caring for me.  I pray that God will bless them all.

As I’ve mentioned before, wisdom from a friend, the medical profession’s goal is to remove all of the obstacles to healing.  God  does the healing.

Sirach 38

Honor physicians for their services,

for the Lord created them;

for their gift of healing comes from the Most High,

and they are rewarded by the king.

The skill of physicians makes them distinguished,

and in the presence of the great they are admired.

The Lord created medicines out of the earth,

and the sensible will not despise them.

Was not water made sweet with a tree

in order that its power might be known?

And he gave skill to human beings

that he might be glorified in his marvelous works.

By them the physician heals and takes away pain;

the pharmacist makes a mixture from them.

God’s works will never be finished;

and from him health spreads over all the earth.

My child, when you are ill, do not delay,

but pray to the Lord, and he will heal you.

Give up your faults and direct your hands rightly,

and cleanse your heart from all sin.

Offer a sweet-smelling sacrifice, and a memorial portion of choice flour,

and pour oil on your offering, as much as you can afford.

Then give the physician his place, for the Lord created him;

do not let him leave you, for you need him.

There may come a time when recovery lies in the hands of physicians,

for they too pray to the Lord

that he grant them success in diagnosis

and in healing, for the sake of preserving life.

He who sins against his Maker,

will be defiant toward the physician.