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The Doctor's Life Support for 27 March

I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Psalm 121: 1–2

As a missionary in Nigeria I travelled a lot. The roads were often in poor shape, as were many of the vehicles. Accidents and breakdowns were common and armed robberies occurred. Inspired by Nigerian friends, we always committed ourselves into God’s hands before starting out, asking for his guidance and protection throughout the trip. Back in Denmark we continued this practice, though we tended to take it for granted that we would arrive safely! As a child I had a minor accident and needed surgery. I remember the surgeon in the mission hospital beginning by asking God’s guidance during the operation and for his healing afterwards. This made a great impression on me. Many years later, as a missionary, I supervised the church’s clinics. At the beginning of each day staff and patients joined in devotions. At the end of the day, I would meet with the staff, discuss my observations on the day’s work and sometimes suggest changes. A wise colleague taught me to open these sessions with prayer, asking for wisdom to say the necessary things in the right way so that we could move forwards. Today, in my professional life and recognising my own limitations, I still always ask for God’s guidance and help through the day with difficult cases and with patients seeking meaning in life. I have never been disappointed, although often surprised by God’s provision. I remember Paul’s words ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’ (Philippians 4: 6) God always listens and answers in his way, in his time, and meeting our need more precisely and imaginatively than we might ever have predicted! Do cast your cares on God today, then your hearts and minds will be guarded by ‘the peace of God which transcends all understanding’. (Philippians 4: 7)

Written by Sten Houmoller from Denmark

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