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  1. Em Wegemer, says:

    # 10… True

  2. Linn says:

    All of the above! If we can’t talk civilly to each other, we’ll never get anywhere with anything. And, Christians should be the first to jump into dialog mode.

  3. Jean says:

    “we are ‘ministers of reconciliation’ “

    Someone even said “peacemakers.”

  4. Captain Kevin says:

    #6 – Didn’t we used to refer to them as chaplains?

  5. Michael says:

    CK,

    I’m sure there are still paid chaplains, but I’ve never seen one in all my time in the hospital.

    I brought my oil stock with me to anoint Trey and his mom…and felt like I should go through the whole packed ER and offer the same to the suffering.

    I’m not sure how the hospital would look at that…

  6. JD says:

    I have known plenty of chaplains over the years. Just as corrupted as anything unfortunately.

  7. Dan from Georgia says:

    Long before I married my wife, she was hospitalized for a while. She had a Pastor who would come to her room and serve her communion and also recite the Lord’s Prayer with her. This is the same Pastor that married us back in 2010. He has since “retired” from being a Pastor but I absolutely cannot imagine him not still ministering to people with his presence.

  8. Jtk says:

    I semi regularly go into the ER waiting room to pray for the sick and/or injured, who are strangers, mostly because it is across the street from the university where I evangelize. I’ve prayed more for people who’s directly asked me to pray for them there, or pray for someone there in a coma whom they know.

    I don’t know my “track record” 😂, but then scant reports I have are somewhat encouraging but pretty small. I have seen miracles.

    COVID radically limited it, just as its limited ministry in various places, such as in jails and prisons.

    I don’t know how many others do so.

    I will add, some very discouraging encounters happens when people who are themselves very sick or their relatives are (a college student who had both parents dealing with terminal cancer), don’t want you to pray for them at all.

    I know many pastors do visitation, but I don’t know what the overall situation looks like.

    A friend who prays for the sick has had some amazing results is an ER Doctor; very cool how he combines the science and faith in Jesus!

  9. Jtk says:

    Michael, I wonder re: the hospital. I try to hear from God about who to pray for. Who knows how effective I am at properly hearing.

    The two chaplains I met at our hospital were not Christians; the head guy was a humanist.

  10. Michael says:

    Jtk,

    Bless you.
    I’m not as interested in healings as I am in letting people know that Jesus is with them…letting the suffering know He is present and cares.
    May your tribe increase…

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