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"Operating" the Way Jesus Did

PHOTO: John Richmond is back to his hobbies!

This week has been tense, exhausting, exhilarating and an opportunity for rejoicing. My 85 year old father was in need of having a valve replaced in his heart. And on Tuesday, in St Joseph Hospital in Syracuse New York, Dad was able to have the valve in his heart replaced.

Thank God,Dad was able to have the non evasive valve replacement and did not need to have open heart surgery. I am very thankful that Dad came through the whole procedure extremely well. And two days later he was recovering back in his own home. I'm extremely thankful for St Joseph Hospital, they really did an excellent job. The whole staff, everybody, was very kind, and very professional.

What amazes me is how well the hospital and all its staff work together. From being greeted at the valet service, being checked in through security, the initial phase of the medical check in, to the preoperative staff, the operating staff, the recovery room staff, the post-op care and even the checking out process. They all work so well together, all of them caring so well for my father.

It was obvious that much thought has gone into the operation of Saint Joseph's Hospital. Their goal of caring for its patients and their families must be one of their top goals. And they work is one to achieve those goals.

Jesus came into the world to seek and save the Lost. His mission is our mission. He told us to go into all the world and make disciples baptizing them in the name of the father and the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that he had commanded. If that is the goal for the church, if that is Jesus's goal, I wonder how come we, as the body of Christ don't work better together to achieve the goal of our Father, of our Lord Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. Why don't we work more as one? We know Jesus said the world would believe if we could be one in him with one another as he in the father. Maybe it's time we reexamine our goals and see if they're in line with the Father's.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for your patience with us, Your love for us, and Your desire to work through us. Lord, we long to bring honor and glory to You. We need Your help. Lord, move within your church. Help us to walk humbly with one another, preferring one another; having the same mind that Christ had when he came to bring honor and glory to You, as He came to seek and save the Lost. Lord may we have the same goal, the same mind, the same saem mind the same heart as You. Amen.


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