May Have Been
(A Modern Day Parable of Jesus)
By David Martin,
Director of Spiritual Care
Lifeline Tarrant County
He was unremarkable, neither tall nor stout, but solid
of build. Dark hair covered the head, and the beard
lay trimmed in the custom of the day. Plain clothes
flowed about the legs as he moved down the dusty street.
His posture was poised, but his gait belied intention.
Several days earlier, the Teacher had passed the pool
of Siloam, where lay many sick. His disciples had hurried
him along without stopping. This evening, he returned
without the crowds, in quiet determination.
As he moved among them, the smells of the sick mingled
with animals from a nearby market. Pigeon and dove cooed
their songs to one another, even as the moans of the
sick rose into the cool night. Most gave the ill and
lame wide berth, but not so with Jesus. He knelt, touching
some, conversing with others. For those suffering intense
pain, the Master sat down and listened, carrying his
labors far into the night. Some he brought water. Occasionally,
he would quote from the Torah, comforting to the hearers.
Then, as quickly as he had come, he was gone.
What Did Indeed
The next day, he rose and spoke these words, Then
the King will say to those on his right, Come,
you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the
world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something
to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed
clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you
looked after me, I was in prison and you came
to visit me.
37 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord,
when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty
and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see
you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes
and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or
in prison and go to visit you?
40 The King will reply, Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew
Lifeline Chaplaincy is a quiet ministry. Yet, in the
whispered hushes of a hospital room, eternity breaks
into the temporal and the spiritual invades the physical.
In prayer, a bond is created, and the words of Jesus
are fulfilled. Visit the sick. He did so
Lifeline Chaplaincy visits the sick because Jesus said
thats what makes us unique. We visit. We listen.
We comfort. We weep. We pray.
I was sick
and you visited me.
Office address: 2701 West Berry Street, Suite 102-103,
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
E-Mail address: DMartin@LifelineChaplaincy.org
Patients are being visited in
these Ft. Worth area hospitals:
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Baylor Grapevine CLICK
Baylor All-Saints Medical Center CLICK
Cook's Children CLICK
Harris HEB CLICK
Harris Methodist Hospital CLICK
Harris SW Fort Worth CLICK
John Peter-Smith (JPS Health Network) CLICK
Kindred Fort Worth CLICK
Mansfield Methodist CLICK
Medical Center of Arlington CLICK
North Hills Hospital CLICK
Plaza Medical Center CLICK
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