Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Galatians 4:12-19

When we delve into the letter to the Galatians, it can be troubling if we read carefully. The people of a region in what is today western Turkey had problems with the apostle, and he with them. The letter is … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:6b-10

We continue an examination of the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah. In this third and last installment, we return to the image of a desert land redeemed. If God can do such for a wasteland, he certainly can work his glory … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:3-6a

I think Isaiah 35 is far too rich for a single post you might read in a minute or two. In the middle of this text, the prophet turns our attention from the glory of nature and its occasional surprise … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 35:1-2

As of this writing we have commenced the Advent season. We turn to the book of Isaiah more than any other Old Testament tome this month. Perhaps there is good reason. The positive message of mercy is that God will … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 4:35-41

A believer, feeling alone in the struggle with illness or death often cries out to others, “Don’t you care about me?!” The question may well be addressed to God. That may make some inexperienced caregivers or ministers nervous. But God … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 2:1-12

“Tell me a story.” Have you ever wondered how often some children ask this? This post offers one easy to visualize in our mind’s eye. We might get lost in any number of details: the huge crowds, the audacity of … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

There is overlap in readings chosen for funerals and for the pastoral care rites. In looking to Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, we know the apostle is struggling. He has his own doubts and deep feelings. In conflict … Continue reading

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