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Hospitals are unique. I’m not talking about the building, but the environment, the people, and the stories written on the faces of patients and visitors alike. Few people I know want to spend any more time than necessary there except for medical folks or hospital shareholders 😀. I’ve observed that this place tends to bring out the best and the worst in people. Some do the herculean task of caring for people who need their care, which often goes unappreciated. Then there are others hurting and scared. This frequently “fleshes” out as anger and fear. They don’t want to be there and they’re fearful of an uncertain future.

There is a Biblical account that takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is hours away from being crucified and dying for our sins on the cross. He invites his “inner circle” to watch and pray for him. It’s the wee hours of the morning and they can’t do it. They fall asleep a couple of times. It brings Jesus to make a statement that often serves as a present-day meme. Matthew 26:41Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Most are willing to help, serve, and care for others who are hurting and afraid, but good intentions regularly fall short. Here’s my encouragement for us all today. Lean into the five “B’s”. Be present. Be supportive. Be inspiring. Be creative. Be thoughtful.

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