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March 16, 2007

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Wow, Craig. What you've written is so beautiful and fearful and enticing in the best sort of ways. Thank you.

Great stuff brother. I'd love to hear some more on where you see our cultural tendency to get "dangerously thin" showing up in your practice. Tell Julie I said hi.

Redemptively "popped",
Mark

Craig,

It is a pleasure to read your post. Thanks for the sobering reminder of where true life is found. I feel right at home with your labor ward illustrations!

Melissa

Thanks to each of you for the kind comments. Mark, medicine (like other disciplines, especially education) is trying to divest itself of any one group's morality, and so it tends to unravel organizationally for want of any morality. This is true for both the doctor and the patient, and of course for the whole system. The search for a "normal" baby is one of the best examples of this process. I am in obstetrics, so this is what I get to see the most. I will think about detailing this more in a future post--you have encouraged me! Since you are a pastor, I'd imagine that counseling your friends in medical matters in the current "amoral" environment is tough, and even more so without some medical background. I know you rely on the spirit regularly for words of wisdom. Likewise, Melissa, I'd encourage you to ask for wisdom as you minister to your patients and their families. Thank you both for being right there in the tumult; I ,too, am learning to trust in the spirit rather than just the exterior.

Thank you, Craig. Surrender can be such a long, laborious journey. That last section really made me think about that Augustine quote, "How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose . . ! You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure." May we be able to joyfully surrender to the one who gives us true life.

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